This event with the Chinese woman occurred nine months after 9/11. Four months earlier the parish itself had been completely burned down by arsonists. According to the ATF, the arsonists had started the fire by pouring gasoline around the altar table. The ATF judged it to be a hate crime because most of the parishioners were immigrants from the middle east and derogatory remarks about Arabs had been spray painted on the hall. It was devastating for many of the immigrants because of the horrors they had gone through when they lost their land in Israel. They came to United States where they thought they would be safe. But even here, they discovered, there were people who hated them. Fortunately, the church communities around the parish rallied around them in support (both financial and emotional).
I was just being a little facetious when I said "maybe she was with them". The experience we had was strikingly similar in blatantness.
I am sorry for what happened to the Palestinian visitors. America is breeding ground for all kinds of racism. People even bring their own brand to the "table".
I have had Arabs who have only been in the US for a very short time speak to me and treat me (and other blacks) with cruel racial discrimination.
An Arab owned store was boycotted in a NYC by the local community due to the fact that the store was selling pork, drug paraphanalia and unacceptable magazines. The Arab owners assumed that the people in the nieghborhood wanted these things. This was wrong. The local community was very well organized and working class and black. Also there was large very strick muslim population which was well resepcted by all the people in the area. The Muslims was shocked that muslims would expect to sell this kind of stuff to anyone not to mention other muslims and persude the matter with the Arab store owners.
They apologized. But it was too late. no body wanted to even walk by the place not to mention go in to buy. The store closed.
I am not making "light" of the matter about the Palestians; but to show how riggid people can be towards other people while they are thought of and treated like no class citizens as well. Arabs treated me cruely for no reason because I am black. And whites treat the Arabs just like they treated me because they are not white. Its a viscious cycle. Whites say horrible things about Arabs to me. They feel comfortable that I will agree with them. I always say to them not to include me in such discourse. And not to assume that I feel the way you do about Arabs.
Just because I am (or we are) treated poorly by certain people does not mean that the people who treat me (us) poorly also deserves the same treatment. That is not a civilized mindset and is un-Christ like.
I am very sorry about the situation with the Palestinian family. These people suffer more than we are allowed to know.
God bless them.
God help us all.