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Letter to Wisconsin Governor on His Racist Comment Against Moroccans

Wisconsin Governor

By Mohamed Khamouna

Dear Governor Scott Walker:

It is a pleasure to introduce myself, Mo “Mohamed” Khamouna, a Moroccan-American, from Curtis, Nebraska.

Governor Walker, I am writing to express my shock after reading an article and listening to your speech to the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association about Moroccan immigrants coming to the United States with other motives. Mr. Walker your remarks while they might be appropriate for your audience, they are very racist and offensive to my fellow-countrymen and women.

It is really a crying shame to insult a whole nation to score political points through fear-mongering!

First, Sir the Moroccan community in the US is very small and law-abiding tax payers. Mr. Walker, I am not sure how you can justify your statement “There’s a good number from Indonesia, there are [some] from Morocco, and other places around the world, many of whom aren’t looking for work in the United States. They’ve got other motives and we need to wake up to that,” the governor said.  While there are some bad apples out there, it is unacceptable to malign or insult a people and tarnish the image of a whole nation!

Not to lecture, but the Moroccan government has been fighting terrorism with help from the European Union and the United States. The Kingdom of Morocco is a stable, peace-loving and tolerant country.  Moreover, when the Vichy regime was exterminating European Jews, Moroccan King refused to hand over Moroccan Jews, because they were regarded as equal Moroccan citizens! He also refused to have Jews wear the Star of David! That’s Moroccan dignity, Mr. Governor!

Governor Walker, not only you are viciously maligning a small community, you are also insulting the whole people of the Kingdom of Morocco. Alas!  Would you dare make these statements about England, Israel, or Germany? Or Morocco, as a Muslim country, is fair game!! We respect your right to free speech, but we refuse your racist rants!

Mr. Governor, as a Presidential hopeful, I think it is inappropriate to insult the Kingdom of Morocco and its people. You should know that Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States and has the longest friendship treaty since 1786. If you ever become a President, Governor Walker, these statements will come back to haunt you!

Governor Walker, you might think that Morocco is just a small dot on the world map, but to us Morocco is our identity, our history, and who we are. Morocco represents everything to us!! When we are insulted and attacked  in such a vicious manner, we defend our country. Sir, we call it loyalty to our beloved country!

Mr. Governor, I do believe you have committed a lapse of good judgment by making fallacious and racist statements that insult our peaceful people and tarnish the image of Morocco {a great ally of the United States}. It is common sense and human decency to issue an apology to the Moroccan nation. Sir, it is just the mark of civilized people!

Thank you very much, Mr. Governor, for taking time to read my message!

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