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Steelers' Offensive Tackle, Ryan Harris Calls Donald Trump's Stance on Muslims Un-American

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Jun 02, 2016

Donald Trump remains in his stance against Muslims, no matter how racist it may appear to many. Back in December of 2015, Trump issued this statement below. 

"A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on."

Donald Trump is stereotyping and spreading ignorance by implying that all Muslims are terrorist. Is it a political stunt to stir up controversy? To generate votes because controversy sells. Or is this who Trump really is? Makes you wonder if he has any Muslim employees working at any of his business establishments, how they are treated, their working conditions; and what they think about The Donald's stance.

 

But anyhow, since Donald Trump made the above statement, many different leaders from politics, entertainment and etc. spoke up against his ignorance. Recently, Steelers' offensive tackle, Ryan Harris is speaking up against Trump's stance on Muslim. Harris is a Muslim himself and is preparing for Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, which consist of fervent prayers and fasting. 

In an article published by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ryan Harris stated (below) Donald Trump's stance on Muslims was un-American and goes against people's rights to strive for freedom.

"The right to pursue freedom and liberty in this country and practice your own religion, that’s as American as it gets. If you’re against that, to me and to others, it’s un-American."

He then went on to elaborate, how he attended a Catholic university and had little resistance when it came to his Muslim faith. Also, expressing most Muslims experience the same thing. 

"I’m so thankful, from going to school at Notre Dame to all the way in the NFL, everybody’s had nothing but respect for me. That’s the majority of this country and that’s the majority of experiences for Muslims."

Harris noted that despite the media's headlines of ignorance and injustice against Muslims, most of it is positive. 

"It’s been great my entire life. That’s the unfortunate thing, the headlines, you can see some of the negativity, but that’s not been my experience."

In conclusion of his interview, Ryan Harris expressed his admiration for the culture in Pittsburgh and his excitement being on the Steelers. 

"I’m just happy to be part of this team and I’m eager to show these guys I can be counted on to win games."

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Article Reference: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette