St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Sylvester Brown recently had a column that caused quite a bit of controversy. I would like to share it with my readers because I feel that two lessons can be learned. One lesson is that even though Barack Obama is president we are very far from a post-racial America. If you read the comments section you will see that white readers take any criticism of the white mayor, Francis Slay, as a racially based attack given that brown is black. Lesson two is that the mostly white yuppies who are making up the forces of gentrification and urbanism are making bedfellows with some like Slay who is far from “new, hip, techie, progressive, and urban” and is an old school product of a hard-nosed political machine that is ethnically and racially based.
I have not posted a story on the Bridges TV co-founder and President who beheaded his wife because the story is everywhere. It is obviously tragic. I was never a big fan of the station and maybe if I was it would have hit me a little harder but I saw it is a little too wishy-washy and apologetic. Regardless of that a Muslim sister was killed and it is a loss and may Allah have mercy on her. Domestic violence is a problem in our community, as it is for many other communities, and this will be used by the enemies of Islam. But, this incident is only an indictment on the individual who perpetrated the act and not the Muslim community as a whole. How many Muslims in America have chopped their wives head off? This is the only incident that I know of and there have been very few Muslims in America to kill their spouses in any other kind of way. Meanwhile, hundreds if not thousands of spouses kill one another every year who are not Muslim, so lets keep this in perspective.
Project HIV Dilemma
A passenger of mine recently faced a moral conundrum. His mother lives in a public housing building that houses those with HIV and AIDS. As a part of the lease you are not supposed to tell anyone the building is for those with the disease. A neighbor of his mother is an attractive young woman who has a lot of different men in and out of her house and due to the thinness of the walls he can hear they are engaged in sexual activities. He wants to tell these men that she is HIV-positive but does not want to get his mother evicted. A tough call. This is just one of the many problems in public housing and the bureaucracy of the incompetents that staffs them. Working-families have been turned away from the projects and this has torn families apart and created an incentive for separation because with the father around the voucher will not be given and the list goes on of problems that I hope one day will be fixed inshaAllah.