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.
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.”