(From my Facebook) The sad thing is that we cannot have a dialogue about this without bringing up race/racism. We live in a country where people are treated suspiciously for being Muslm, Arab, black, brown, and/or hispanic etc. That is the world we live in. We do not live in a post racial society. For those of us who have white privilege some of us want to divorce race from the conversation. For the rest of us (and allies) who do not have that privilege we are trying to say there is something wrong here. I want to live in a place “where people are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” I want to get to a place where the first thing we utilize as a measurement is not someone’s external designation, but we look beyond that into the substance of a person and rid ourselves of those kinds of prejudices and biases we often bring to the decisions that we make.