Political Influence Operation
Date: November 11, 2010
In an opinion editorial in the The Daily Transcript from October 27, California Western School of Law Professor Kathryn Fehrman wrote about “Juan Williams and the beiging of America.” She draws comparisons between American political correctness and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
CAIR responded to her op-ed by sending a letter to the editor. Edgar Hopida, public relations director of CAIR San Diego, claims that Ms. Fehrman “only reinforces stereotyping and discrimination.” He mentions that the 9/11 hijackers wore western-style clothing and many of them were even clean-shaven which is why Williams’ statements about people wearing Muslim garb are unappropriated.
He goes on to say that “[…] all this talk about “truth-telling” and accusing people of political-correctness, when calling out prejudice, is but an obfuscation of the growing problem of Islamophobia in America. […] We should be cooling the fires of anti-Muslim sentiment in this country, not fueling it as Fehrman has done in defending Juan Williams.”