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With Muslims, Using a Brush Far Too Broad
by Michael Powell
I stood last week on City Hall's plaza, as a gray wet January day pressed in, and thought: How completely isolated they look.
A few dozen Muslim New Yorkers had trooped there to protest police trainers' showing of an inflammatory video that depicted most Islamic leaders as deceitful and suspect.
Their anger was to be expected; the sense of betrayal was more striking. "The police are mapping us, they are following us, they are listening to us," said Amna Akbar, a lawyer and law professor. "They are treating us like we are suspects when we are New Yorkers just living our lives day to day."
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