This Sunday, on Father's Day, I will be marching with tens of thousands of other New Yorkers to call for reform of stop-and-frisk. We cannot accept a New York where people are subject to civil liberties violations based on the color of their skin.
This incessant message of denial is hard to swallow by many sectors of our society. The sad reality is that our nation has institutionalized vigilance based on stereotypical ethnic and religious profiling.
Instead of embracing American Muslims as partners, the NYPD has destroyed trust. As a religious leader who talks to a wide variety of American Muslims on a daily basis, I can tell you that this treatment is demoralizing.