Sunday, January 1, 2017

"You belong": Texas man's message of support to Muslims goes viral

CBS News  by Jennifer Earl  -- 

As Muslims who live in the U.S. witness a disturbing rise in hate crimes, one man in Texas is taking a stand and spreading a message of solidarity, “You belong. Stay strong. Be blessed. We are one America.”

The white-haired man donning a cowboy hat stood outside the Islamic Center of Irving near Dallas over Thanksgiving weekend, holding up the red, white and blue sign for drivers to read as they passed by.

A photo of the man, who was later identified as Justin Normand, was shared on Twitter on Friday — and it quickly went viral with more than 63,000 retweets.
The picture sparked a mixture of feelings for Twitter users, but dozens of people ultimately applauded Normand’s action.
“Brave soul and #MuslimAlly,” the True Islam campaign replied on Twitter. “We are grateful for his demonstration of solidarity. Thank you, Sir.”

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