Linda Sarsour, the Director of the Bay Ridge-based Arab-American Association of New York, is one of three new members of Community Board 10, according to a report by Will Bredderman on BrooklynDaily.com today.
Woo! I’m very excited by this. Very, very excited. I really can’t begin to tell you how happy I am over this.
Sarsour is one of my favorite activists. Namely for standing up for the concept that being an Arab or Muslim American is not probable cause. And taking that stand in an age when far too many Americans are willing either to tolerate our police agencies treating them as such, or to actively take part in that discrimination themselves, either out of fear, hate, ignorance, or just plain apathy.
Sarsour has been highly visible most recently in the months following the Associated Press series of articles highlighting the systemic bias against the Muslim community by the NYPD, including the screening of a hate-film to trainees and the cataloging of every Muslim place of business, worship, and recreation in the five boroughs without cause to suspect terrorism.
Sarsour’s calls for Commissioner Ray Kelly to resign, or even reform his ways, gained little traction in an environment where a lot of New Yorkers want to see the NYPD tough on terrorism, and are willing to ostracize a significant group of New Yorkers for the appearance of doing the job right. (Like when their police-state surveillance still failed to prevent an actual Pakistani terrorist from placing an actual propane bomb in Times Square, possibly because he lived in lily-white Shelton, Connecticut. So yeah. Good job watching everything vaguely-Muslim except the actual bad guy. Thanks, Ray.)
Anyway – we send our best wishes to Linda on her new appointment. Bay Ridge is lucky to have her in general, and on the Community Board especially. Good luck, and we’ll be looking for regular stories in the Courier about how controversial she is – that’s how we’ll know she’s doing her job right.