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In a conversation about Muslim-Americans at last night’s dumpster-fire debate, Donald Trump said, “We know nothing about their values and we know nothing about their love for our country.” He also said he thought Muslims in America must “report when they see something going on.”
Unfortunately, he wasn’t very specific about what that “something” is (however, many pointed out Trump insinuated Muslim-Americans won’t report terror-related crimes), but that didn’t deter a lot of Muslims on Twitter, who readily began reporting anything and everything happening in their lives.
Moustafa Bayoumi was one of the first to tweet the joke, but ReThink Media’s Zainab Chaudary started the hashtag. The Daily Dot has reached out to Chaudary about her inspiration, but hasn’t heard back as of this posting.
Aside from the fact that Muslim people do report dangerous or suspicious behavior both in and outside of their communities, they are also people and citizens whose existence in this country shouldn’t be contingent on appeasing everyone else’s paranoia. Muslims don’t have any more responsibility to report things because of their religion. But if anything, we’ve learned there is a lot of samosa corner-cutting going on.
Jaya Saxena is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work focuses primarily on women's issues and web culture. Her writing has appeared in GQ, ELLE, the Toast, the New Yorker, Tthe Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Racked, Eater, Catapult, and others. She is the co-author of 'Dad Magazine,' the author of 'The Book Of Lost Recipes,' and the co-author of 'Basic Witches.'