"JIHAD" Scrawled Across I-95 Near Delray Beach Incites Racism And Islamophobia
Over the weekend, the word "JIHAD" in bold and black letters materialized on the side of 1-95 North near Delray Beach, without a word of explanation.
On Northbound I-95 near Delray Beach
Next, on SW Fourth Avenue, police found a sticker emblazoned with the word "Jihad" clinging to an electrical box.
Was this all the work of a harmless prankster? Or something much darker?
Some people have decided to fill in the blanks.
It doesn't take much to call forth Americans' latent feelings of Islamophobia -- even a word at an intersection seems to do the trick -- and spark a grand conflation of Jihad and radicalism with traditional Islam. And this recent example is, sadly, no exception.
And the tweets have poured in.
Black, White, Christian and Jew come together in outrage against 10 ft tall Jihad sign on 1-95: http://t.co/9cBIsnTBev— Georgia Blue (@CureOurCountry) June 16, 2013