Boston Marathon Comment: I Am Ashamed of West Point (Islamophobia vs. cadet)

Mr. Weinstein, I spoke to you on the phone earlier today several times. I ask that you not reveal any of my personal cadet identification. What I say about my family here is fine though. I am just not prepared to try to handle the messed up fallout I know I and others would get if my name got out as complaining to you and the MRFF of all people. I am a cadet at West Point. Sir, I am of the Muslim faith but not too many of my classmates or others here at the Academy know of this fact. I try to keep it quiet and always have. I am in the Class of 20(XX) and in Company (X-X). Today I was in class when our instructor, an active duty Army officer, started to talk about what happened with the explosions at the Boston Marathon. After a few comments, he then said that he’d “bet his life on the Muslims having been behind it like they always are.” He then said “it’s always the Muslims and everyone knows it and everybody’s afraid to say it. Well I am not!” He yelled the last part. Mr. Weinstein, not one other cadet said anything at all. I wanted to but could not bring myself to. I was so angry and ashamed. At that instructor, at West Point, at the other cadets in class and myself. If you are a serious Christian here you will not face this kind of humiliation. I called my mom and dad as soon afterwards as I could. I was shaking I was so mad. They advised me to call you and I did. The thing that makes me most angry is that I am a Muslim and my family is Muslim but we are also patriotic Americans. My father is a (XX)-year policeman in (large American city’s name withheld). My mother is a physician. One of my siblings is a decorated Army Green Beret. I am third generation American. Not all Muslims are terrorists any more than all Jews or Christians are. The words of my instructor are shameful and hurtful. Sir, thank you, but there is nothing I want you to do to intervene here. I know you said you would if I wanted. I can tell you are anxious to right this wrong. I was just so surprised that you actually answered your own phone (my dad told me he heard you do that.) And you spent so much time with me, sir. I appreciate that you said you and the MRFF would be willing to take this on and fight for me. And I know that noone else would stand up for us. I had known of you but my parents knew alot more. I do not trust going to my TAC or others in my USMA cadet or officer chain. I appreciate being able to talk to you, sir. I also want to thank you for giving me your cell and home phone numbers. I will let you know if any more messed up stuff like this happens. I promise. Thank you for taking my calls and thank you for being ready to jump in. I am proud to be American but I am not proud of what went down here today. I am afraid it is only the beginning like what happened at Fort Hood.


(West Point cadet’s identifying information all withheld by request)

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