Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Dearbornistan High Sweat Shirt Follies

Dearbornistan, the area with the highest number of Arabs outside the Middle East is making the news yet again, as a bunch of Arab students enthusiastically promote their class shirt:

Classy huh? Any similarity to 9/11 and any symbolic support for terrorism is of course purely coincidental. Interesting mindset to wear this sweat shirt don't you think?

From Foxnews:
nine Detroit area high school juniors are in trouble for wearing sweat shirts bearing a design that evokes the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center's Twin Towers.

Dearborn Public Schools spokesman David Mustonen has told The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press that the shirts the boys wore to Edsel Ford High School on Monday are "offensive" and in "poor taste."

The boys are Arab-American, as are about half the school's 1,700 students.

They belong to the 2011 class. On the shirts, the number 11 resembles two buildings, with the school's "Thunderbird" mascot flying toward them. Printed beneath the image are the words, "You can't bring us down."

The boys are to meet with school officials but suspensions are not planned.

Contrast this with the oh-so-reassuring "study' from Duke University: Study: Threat of Homegrown Terrorism Exaggerated .
Researchers identified 139 American Muslims who had been accused of planning or carrying out terror-related violence since the September 11 attacks.

The report's authors say that number is significant but small compared to terror cases in other countries, and compared to overall violent crime in the U.S.

The study credits self-policing in American Muslim communities for limiting radicalization.

The report released Wednesday is from Duke University and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. There was a spike in the number of cases last year, but researchers say it's too soon to know whether that's a trend.
Now don't you feel so much better?

Update: Debbie Schlussel notes that the sweatshirts were indeed about support for the terrorists on 9/11 and flight 253: Told Ya So: Arab Muslim Students Admit Sweatshirts Were Belligerence About 9/11, Flight 253


Anonymous said...

It is obviously a reference/display of 9/11.

Changing the picture so that the Thunderbird is protecting the buildings would more clearly display (what I hope) was the sentiment. The Class of 2011 is tough!

Aaron said...

Somehow I doubt your proposed revisions was what these fellows had in mind.

I guess if you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough.

The question is, have any of them put in prospective applications for flight school for after they graduate?