How would you prevent domestic terrorism?
Hillary Clinton: “Donald has consistently insulted Muslims abroad, Muslims at home, when we need to be cooperating with Muslim nations and with the American Muslim community. They’re on the front lines. They can provide information to us that we might not get anywhere else. They need to have close, working cooperation with law enforcement in these communities, not be alienated and pushed away as some of Donald’s rhetoric, unfortunately, has led to.”
No. It is not an act of embracing Muslim Americans to expect them to essentially work as spies in their own communities because 1) that assumes that Muslims are inherently dangerous and need to be spied on and 2) that Muslims owe it to the State to work with law enforcement agencies that have been proven to discriminate against them, often violently, in exchange for the perception that they are the “good” Muslims.
As a white woman, I am not expected to spy on white supremacists. As someone who was raised Catholic (even though I’m no longer religious) I’m not expected to spy on Christian religious extremists. And yet we expect people who are Muslim to constantly be on the lookout and interrogating their peers. This is not okay.