A Racist Email from a Parental Unit

Context: I live in Berlin. In August I will be moving to Brussels. I am American.

From: Parent

To: Me

15:33, 23 March 2016

of course we are worried that you are heading to the center of all the muslim craziness in Brussels. How can I/we be reassured that you will be safe? Not go interview mad muslim men in their coffee shops, get your name on the “I hate American Jewish Reporters” hit list. Don’t forget, as Tom Friedman told me over dinner “Yes I was a double target in Lebanon — a Jewish + American reporter.” In fact you have three targets on your back if you add “ Smart Uppity Woman” to the list.

Please be aware these people do not think twice about slitting your throat and smiling afterwards. There are no filters between their ancient barbarism and today’s European society. They go to heaven for killing you. Hard to beat that incentive.

How can I/we be assured you will be safe?

Love

Parent

From: Me

To: Parent

22:44, 23 March 2016

I swear to god if you’re voting for Trump I will actually never speak to you again.

From: Parent

To: Me

23:35, 23 March 2016

Ok I am laughing — but is that ur response?

Love

Parent

PS — And yes i did think about sending all the Muslims back to Syria until I got to work today and realized how many wonderful smart kind colleagues I work with on a daily basis who are Muslim

From: Me

To: Parent

06:42, 24 March 2016

I’m worried about you guys living in the place that you do surrounded by all those white people. How do you know they’re not carrying a gun? White people perpetrated nearly all of the mass shootings in America in the past fifteen years. Not to mention the Holocaust! How can I be assured that one of them isn’t going to hit you with their car? That’s a common occurrence!

History is full of the stories of white people have and their colonization, barbarism to native cultures, cultural appropriation and theft. How can you be sure the ones you know aren’t also the dangerous ones? There have been more than 20 terrorist attacks in the United States in the past five years alone!

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