New York - When I first learned about the mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, my first reaction was of sorrow for the victims and their families, but also of fear. I feared the perpetrator would turn out to have an Arab name. I was sure, if that were to be the case, the heinous crime would be labeled an act of “Islamic terrorism” regardless of whether the murderer had any link with a terrorist organization. I was sure the media and officials would immediately find a link between him and ISIS or Al Qaeda.

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Samir Bennis is a political analyst.