Guest post: Don't condemn Pakistani-Americans
Shaukat Malik emigrated from Pakistan in 1972 and arrived in the United States in 1980. He was moved to write by the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, the alleged author of the failed bombing of Times Square.
Recession and hard times provide the catalysts for racism to flourish. If that were to happen now, it would indeed be a sad day in American history.
America reigns supreme as a country that offers equal opportunity to all its citizens. Only in America could a black man with the name of Barrack Hussein Obama be elected president. We must celebrate this fact.
I emigrated from Pakistan to the United Kingdom in 1972. However, having experienced racism firsthand in 1972, when I was chased down Kensington High street London by white supremacists, and having travelled many times on British Railways with an empty seat as my constant companion, I can confirm for you that the worst form of prejudice is indeed racism.
I attended a July 4th party at the U.S. Embassy in London in 1976 and was so moved by the ambassador’s speech on the U.S. Constitution and its recognition of inherent human rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness that I decided I would move to the land of the free.
U.S. citizenship is cherished and celebrated by all Pakistanis who have been fortunate enough to acquire it. Our children were born here and we love the Unites States like any other U.S. citizen. Just because one man who happens to be an M.B.A. and is clean-shaven has gone raving mad does not mean we should condemn all U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin.