Muslim community leaders questioned whether ‘Islamophobia’ was at play when Inglewood police canceled a Muslim gathering at Darby Park. At a news conference, community activist Najee Ali said the group received a permit from the city to host a picnic and ‘talent’ show, but it was suddenly revoked after the group released a promotional flier reading:
“Come share your ‘talent’ with your Muslim family. Interested in performing, contact Masjid Ibaadillah.”
Daily Breeze “We believe that once police saw the flier with Muslim names and organizations attached, the red flags came up,” said Ali, director of Project Islamic H.O.P.E. (Obviously they were afraid that this ‘talent’ show might include bomb-making lessons for lone wolves)
“As far as we understand, the permit was granted. All steps were taken to make sure we can have the event, so for police to cancel the event after the fact … we were blindsided.” Inglewood police did not respond to requests for comment.
“I’ve lived across the street from that park for 24 years, so I feel entitled,” Bakeer said. “We know that there are still people that harbor anti-Muslim beliefs and we really won’t accept it. If in fact someone took it upon themselves to discriminate against us, we want to confront that.”
“We’re just at a loss for words,” Blair said. “We have events all the time so want answers and to address any Islamophobia within the Inglewood Police Department if it exists.”