Donald Trump might have won the presidential elections, but a white-haired man from Texas stands out as the clear winner. With the post-election bigotry targeting minorities in the U.S., one man shows us what America really stands for. Meet Justin Normand.
With the kindest face and a cowboy hat on the head, a man in Texas takes a stand for the Muslims in the U.S. and spreads a message of unity. Standing outside an Islamic center in Dallas, he was seen holding up a sign for people to read as they passed by.
“You belong. Stay strong. Be blessed. We are one America,” the red, white and blue sign read.
Who is the white-bearded man?
According to a CBS News report, the man was later identified as Justin Normand, 53, from Irving. The Twitterati left no stones unturned in making Normand famous with more than 63,000 retweets of a photo of him. People eventually praised the man’s action— no doubt is the new American hero!
“Brave soul and #MuslimAlly,” a Muslim campaign replied on Twitter. “We are grateful for his demonstration of solidarity. Thank you, Sir.”
Normand has presented himself as the manager of a local sign shop in Irving through a Facebook post.
Justin Normand: His Motive Behind The Stunt
Normand made the sign on Friday when he had a couple of hours to spare. He then drove to a nearby mosque and stood out on the sidewalk to “share the peace” with his neighbors. “My marginalized, fearful, decent, targeted, Muslim neighbors,” he further clarified.
“I have been in a malaise and turmoil since the election, as have many of the people in my community,” said Normand to Dallas News. “It was just an expression of mine. This happened because I needed to do something, and I had nothing else that I could do.”
His Facebook post which has been shared by more than 23,000 people reads:
It wasn’t about demonstrating my outrage to right-wing drivers driving down Esters Road in front of the mosque. I can never, and will never, change any of the haters. It’s not about them. Not this time, and not here.
This was about binding up the wounded. About showing compassion and empathy for the hurting and fearful among us. Or, in some Christian traditions, this was about washing my brother’s feet.
This was about my religion, not theirs.
And, it was about what I think I must do as an American when our way of life is threatened. Targeting people for their religion not only threatens our way of life, it is the polar opposite of our way of life.
Plight of Muslims In The U.S.
Over 100 incidents targeting Muslims have been reported in the U.S. since Trump’s win on November 8.
Also, several mosques in California recently received letters threatened of Muslim genocide, calling Trump “the new sheriff in town”.
“It will be safe to say 2016 is the worst year on record when it comes to Islamic places of worship being targets of hate crimes,” said Corey Saylor, director of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at CAIR.
“The man’s act is a welcome reminder of the ideals that make America awesome,” he added.
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