The New York Times called one of President Donald Trumps Facebook posts concerning Muslims racist, implying the religion of Islam is actually a race.
Muslim American women take part in a World Hijab Day rally held in front of New York City Hall in Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
“Then Donald J. Trump ran for president. He described Muslim immigrants and refugees as a danger to America, and in December 2015 posted a statement on Facebook calling for a total and complete shutdown on Muslims entering the United States. Mr. Trumps call to arms — widely condemned by Democrats and some prominent Republicans — was shared more than 15,000 times on Facebook, an illustration of the sites power to spread racist sentiment,” the piece reads.
The page linked in the Facebook post from Trump has since been taken down. Regardless, TheNYTs take on the post is inaccurate at best, as Muslims are simply followers of the religion of Islam and represent many different races and ethnicities around the world. At worst, its take could be interpreted as TheNYT implying that Muslims only come from a particular race of people.
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