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Tennesse Dem commissioner basically posts death threat to Muslims on Twitter

#1NoName999Posted 5/1/2013 8:40:11 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Coffee County commissioner's Facebook post suggesting Muslims are best greeted from behind a rifle barrel is prompting demands for an apology.

Commissioner Barry West's post follows a string of anti-Muslim acts throughout Middle Tennessee in recent years, including at least four incidents of mosque vandalism. Opposition to a new mosque in Rutherford County was so strong it took federal Justice Department intervention to open it last year.

West played no active role in any of those incidents. He just put an image on his Facebook page, which shows a man aiming a shotgun under the phrase "How to wink at a Muslim." But even that put a chill through Muslims in Middle Tennessee.

Muslim groups tweeted a screen grab of his post and it went viral.

West, who lives in Manchester, removed it about an hour later. He did not apologize, instead questioning how his tweet had become the focus of attention.

West responded with this email: "No I did not Twitter this ... no I did not create this picture ... yes I shared it ... so why am I being singled out?"

It's particularly troubling when elected officials post such Internet memes because they set the tone for how constituents should behave, said Drost Kokoye, an American Muslim Advisory Council board member. The statewide group was created to promote communication between Muslims and Tennessee law enforcement and government.

"This may just be a picture to him, but for us it is very threatening," said Kokoye, an Antioch resident who has lived in Tennessee for 17 years. "Muslims in Coffee County should not feel safe to walk outside their homes."

She said it was important for her group and others to expose and condemn the post to show it isn't funny and could be dangerous.


http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/378328/3/Lawmakers-Facebook-post-frightens-Muslims

The only surprising thing is a Democrat. But then again, it's Tennesse

And yet again a government official trying to deny rights to a certain group of Americans. Maybe Muslims should use the 2nd Amendment and form militia already and hope it doesn't get droned :\
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#2DragooneerZeroPosted 5/1/2013 10:25:22 AM
i've only been to tennessee for a week total

that's plenty for a lifetime
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#3BeantownHeroPosted 5/1/2013 10:29:31 AM(edited)
Wonder how he'd react if a photo circulated in TN with a black panther pointing a shotgun at a white person under a banner that read "how to wink at racists"
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#4KavatarPosted 5/1/2013 11:15:33 AM
DragooneerZero posted...
i've only been to tennessee for a week total

that's plenty for a lifetime


Screw you, Tennessee has plenty of good things about it.
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#5V I C I O U SPosted 5/1/2013 12:16:22 PM
DragooneerZero posted...
i've only been to tennessee for a week total

that's plenty for a lifetime


I agree with you.

Kavatar posted...
Screw you, Tennessee has plenty of good things about it.


And I agree with you.

I have lived here pretty much my whole life. I can understand both sides.

To answer what I think his reaction would be to a circulation of a black man holding a gun saying "how to wink at racists", I think he'd say something along the lines of: Didn't you see how thankful you guys were in Lincoln? So, he'd react badly, I'd say, ver-ver-very badly.
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#6StarksPosted 5/1/2013 12:19:10 PM
Murfreesboro was just the beginning

TN really hates Muslims
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#7DragooneerZeroPosted 5/1/2013 12:32:09 PM
From: Kavatar | #004
DragooneerZero posted...
i've only been to tennessee for a week total

that's plenty for a lifetime


Screw you, Tennessee has plenty of good things about it.


i mean i only saw nashville and the area around pigeon forge, which can't possibly be the most flattering picture of tennessee possible (memphis, i imagine, is at least more interesting if not less s***ty)

but like that small slice of it made a pretty good impression. i mean i love the smoky mountains, but the fact that you have to drive through a kitschy place where gift shops sell confederate flags to get to them was deeply troubling to me as a non-white person.
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