A blindfolded Muslim man stood in the middle of Paris, wearing a sign that read, “I’m a Muslim and I’m told I’m a terrorist. I trust you. Do you trust me? If yes, hug me,” in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks.
A large group of strangers surrounded the blindfolded Muslim man, and stood in a line to offer him hugs.
A blindfolded Muslim man is asking people to show him trust with a hug after the Paris shootings https://t.co/fMA7DALQq5
— The Independent (@Independent) November 20, 2015
It was just a week ago that ISIS killed 129 innocent people in Paris, in a series of coordinated attacks. Hundreds of others were injured. Alleged ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, as well as others who carried out the acts of war, have since been arrested or killed. One person is still on the run.
In addition to the profound sadness over those 129 innocent lives lost, there is also sadness over a world that now hates one religion because of the evil deeds one group has committed in its name. How sad that a Muslim man must blindfold himself and ask for hugs and trust because he practices the same religion as these terrorists. How sad that some may have viewed his act of kindness in hugging Parisian mourners for something more cynical.
How might you have reacted had you encountered this blindfolded Muslim man on the streets of Paris?
— CNN (@CNN) November 20, 2015
Would you have been among those who lined up to offer a hug? Or would you be among those to cross to the other side of the street in an effort to ignore the situation?