Article about election win confuses race with religion

I am offended by Herald writer Andrea Brown’s, blatantly racist comment in her Dec. 11, article entitled: “After four tries, victory at the polls,” regarding Riaz Khan winning election to the Mukilteo City Council.

She writes: “In the diverse bedroom community of 21,500, Khan is the first Muslim to get on the historically white City Council.”

The writer has egregiously conflated and confused religion with race. It does not matter if this was written out of ignorance or as an intentionally, racist slur against white people, it is offensive, misleading and malignant.

Apparently the writer believes that Islam is a race and that only people of color, and not white people, can be Muslim.

Perhaps this is another symptom of the dumbing down of America or perhaps it was a thinly veiled attempt to further a racist agenda against white America. In either case, the writer may want to invest in a dictionary and she sorely owes her readers an apology and a retraction.

Martin Frankland


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