That’s why I am posting it here and may give it a permanent place in my sidebar. The poster (below), from a Roseville Community Schools board member, depicted the three dead victims killed by Muslims in the Boston Marathon bombings:
Candg News Board Vice President Alfredo Francesconi, who reposted the poster from a friend’s wall, said, “I just saw it and reposted it,” said Francesconi April 22, a few days after the poster went up on his wall. “I didn’t mean to offend anyone. I didn’t think anything of it and it doesn’t mean anything to me if someone said they were offended by it.”
However, after learning that the post had offended, he immediately took it down but he maintained there was some truth behind the words.
Not everyone felt the same. On April 22, the Eastsider received an email regarding the post, saying that the photo insinuates all Muslims are terrorists and that posting it was inappropriate, especially from a school board member in a district where Muslim children attend school.
Representatives from CAIR (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations) felt the same way about the post. “We are firm believers in free speech (BIG FAT LIE), even if it is anti-Muslim bigoted speech, but when you are in a public position, you should be aware of the image you create by re-posting something like this,” said Ibrahim Hooper (photo below) , the national communications director at CAIR.
“Particularly someone associated with an educational institution should be especially careful of the image they create, as it creates an atmosphere where Muslim students feel besieged.” (That’s the idea!)
Dawud Walid (phot0 below), the executive director of CAIR Michigan, said even though the state hosts the largest, and still growing, population of Muslim-Americans, anti-Muslim sentiment still exists in some areas (and growing larger by the day).
“We’ve seen similar posts before, but they’re not usually from that part of the state,” Walid said. “I know for a fact there are Muslim children in Roseville and such reckless comments, although unjustifiable, could be understood if the person lived in a rural area where there was no Muslims, but it’s mind-boggling that a public official, especially in metro Detroit, would post that.”