New York city cab driver, Ahmed Sharif , was stabbed by a passenger who first asked him if he was a Muslim. When the driver, who is from Bangladesh, said yes, 21-year old, Michael Enright, attacked him with a knife. The cabby locked his attacker in the back seat and the man was apprehended and is now being charged for the crime. Ironically, Enright works for a non-profit promoting cross cultural understanding. He now faces up to 25 years in prison.
MOMism: “Don’t be a back stabber.” We teach our kids to be honest…not to say one thing and do another. In junior high, there is a lot of pretending…pretending to be “friends” with someone and then the minute they turn their back, spppp sppp spppp “did you hear what she did…what a blah blah blah.” Uncool. We need to teach our kids that if they become THAT girl, then they won’t have deep, solid relationships because no one will trust them. Eventually, that become an isolated feeling…for the talker and the one who is talked about…drama, drama, drama. Tension and misunderstanding.
“Cross cultural understanding” seems important in concept, because we fear what we do not understand…anything strange, different, unusual…we put our guard up and we question. Which is completely understandable…we should question. But, not only must we try to figure out how and why we are different…we need to figure out how and why we are similar.
Because stabbing someone in the back is cowardly.