Washington state Democratic Rep Jim McDermott wants the FBI to reconsider plastering on Seattle buses a Joint Terrorism banner ad titled 'Faces of Global Terrorism' featuring mug shots of international terrorists because he thinks it's racist and offensive to Muslims.
According to McDermott, the “ad featuring sixteen photos of wanted terrorists is not only offensive to Muslims and ethnic minorities, but it encourages racial and religious profiling.”
McDermott continued, “Representing terrorists, however, from only one ethnic or religious group, promotes stereotypes and ignores other forms of extremism. The FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists List‘ includes individuals of other races and associated with other religions and causes, but their faces are missing from this campaign.”Someone needs to inform the congressman that Islam is not a race.
Apparently, he took offense because the FBI left off a couple of terrorists who don't happen to be Muslim, and chose to publicize only the Muslims. Of course, the bulk of the 32 most wanted terrorists happen to be Muslim. The two non-Muslims are Joanne Deborah Chesimard, who was part of the Black Liberation Army and serving a life-sentence for murdering a police officer before she escaped, and Daniel Andreas San Diego, involved with animal rights extremist groups and wanted for several bombings.
I suppose next we'll have others demanding the FBI remove 'most wanted' mug shots because they offend the families of the criminals, or offend other ethnic or religious groups.