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02-11-16, 18:20
https://medium.com/@nuryturkel/mr-trump-dont-question-my-patriotism-11fd2c09bd20#.dw0gfbkx4

Mr. Trump, don’t question my patriotism

By Nury A. Turkel

The night before I became an American citizen I could not sleep. I was excited. I couldn’t believe I was about to be safe — once and for all — from the threat of Chinese repression. I was eager to swear an oath to defend the nation that protected my individual freedom and dignity. When morning came, I went to the courthouse two hours early. Even after the birth of my son in June, I still consider it the best day of my life. It was the day I became a free man, an American.

Where I grew up, violent repression and discrimination was a way of life. I am a Uyghur, an ethnic minority in China. We are Turkic Muslims with an eclectic cosmopolitan culture that developed on the Silk Road. The Chinese, ruling our homeland since 1949, have never trusted our people. Like Tibetans, we are marginalized, stigmatized, and more than occasionally brutalized. Innocents are regularly tortured, slaughtered, arrested, sometimes for crimes as banal as reciting ancient poetry or speaking our language. No one under 18 can practice our religion, even in the confines of our homes. Thank God most of my fellow Americans have never known what it means live without the protections of our constitution.

I am forever grateful and loyal to the U.S. for my rights and the opportunities the nation has given me. Yet I am worried and sad. Donald Trump’s exclusionary policy has disturbing implications not only for patriotic Muslim-American citizens, but also for our constitution. It is personal, because I am one of those Americans that Mr. Trump wants to portray as unpatriotic. The things Trump says about “the Muslims” are the same things the Chinese said about us.

He mentioned forced registration a few months ago, banning Muslim visitors, creating religious tests. The rhetoric shifts back and forth as the political necessities of the day change. And maybe I’ll be exempt because I’m the Muslim equivalent of a “Christmas and Easter Christian.” All of it is from the same strain of fear and hate that our founding fathers warned about in the federalist papers. Attacks against Muslims and immigrants in general — event rhetorically — an attack on upon our entire system and liberal democracy. Occasionally, throughout American history, we have seen virulent strains of hate and violence against immigrants like the Irish or Italians. They used to talk about Catholicism the way they talk about Islam. But today is different. Back then; the merchants of hate never had Twitter, or years of practice on reality TV to polish their image.

The America I know and revere treats people with dignity and respect regardless of an individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender or country of origin. America has given me the freedom to speak out against China’s human rights abuses, and the opportunity to become a lawyer. So much I feel compelled to advocate the values of our country. Perhaps, as a friend of mine says, this combination of indignation and entitlement is what shows just how American I have become? But as a new father, I am keenly aware of the importance to show my son the importance of what our founding fathers bestowed upon us. The strength of our great nation stems from the collage of immigrants who came to work and thrive in America, but the fiber that binds us together has always been the ideal that all men are created equal, and are equal under the law. In law school, I learned these ideals were not always put into practice, but more importantly, I learned that we have always been striving for a more perfect union. Will we still strive under Trump?

My story is by no means unique. There are a couple thousand Uyghurs in the U.S., but also many other immigrants who have come from countries that violated their human rights. We came to the U.S. to flee oppression, but we work hard to gain an education, raise decent families and contribute our knowledge to society. Through hard work, we have become contributing members of the American society. And we understand the debt we owe to America. Many Muslim sons and daughters have joined the military to fight for our nation’s pluralistic values and freedom. We have taken an oath to defend the constitution, and we take it seriously. During World War II, Japanese-Americans and German-Americans were accused of treason, but their sons still served. As a result, the U.S. had a tremendous advantage: keen insight into our enemies’ culture and language that our enemies did not possess. As we fight terrorism, our Muslim soldiers and civilians give us this same advantage.

Therefore, my question to Mr. Trump is this: are these the kind of people you wish to exclude from the United States through your proposed “extreme vetting” process? By doubting the loyalty of Muslim-Americans, Mr. Trump ignores our contribution to our homeland. Excluding other Muslim immigrants may score political points, but it is national security that loses.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has consistently shown her encouragement for the hard work of immigrants to the United States. She has spoken of the need to integrate communities and offer support to individuals and families who can contribute to the economy and society. In the words of Secretary Clinton immigration “strengthens our country.”

Elections sometimes define who we are as a people — and this we can all agree is one of those times. I hope I’ll be able to tell my son when he is older about a man who tried to whip up fear and hate against immigrants but failed. And I’ll say that the man failed because we as a nation realized his hate was against our values and our constitution.

Nury Turkel is an attorney in Washington, D.C.

Unregistered
02-11-16, 22:29
Ms. Turkel,
I understand what you are saying but you are choosing bad from worst and worst from bad. This is the worst election in the US history. Which way you go, you will lose. I don’t want to get into detail here but you are still portrayed as bad Immigrants. It is not about that the president says it is about the American people say.

Unregistered
02-11-16, 22:48
Ms. Turkel,
I understand what you are saying but you are choosing bad from worst and worst from bad. This is the worst election in the US history. Which way you go, you will lose. I don’t want to get into detail here but you are still portrayed as bad Immigrants. It is not about that the president says it is about the American people say.

Just ignore him Nury Turkelning kallisi ishship qaptu. Qeri tulke Hillaridin Donald Trump yahxiraq.

Unregistered
05-11-16, 16:03
Uyghurs are not from China, Uyghurs are from East Turkestan which was occupied by China. uyghurs are not minority they are a nation which labeled by Chinese propaganda media as "minority".




https://medium.com/@nuryturkel/mr-trump-dont-question-my-patriotism-11fd2c09bd20#.dw0gfbkx4

Mr. Trump, don’t question my patriotism

By Nury A. Turkel

The night before I became an American citizen I could not sleep. I was excited. I couldn’t believe I was about to be safe — once and for all — from the threat of Chinese repression. I was eager to swear an oath to defend the nation that protected my individual freedom and dignity. When morning came, I went to the courthouse two hours early. Even after the birth of my son in June, I still consider it the best day of my life. It was the day I became a free man, an American.

Where I grew up, violent repression and discrimination was a way of life. I am a Uyghur, an ethnic minority in China. We are Turkic Muslims with an eclectic cosmopolitan culture that developed on the Silk Road. The Chinese, ruling our homeland since 1949, have never trusted our people. Like Tibetans, we are marginalized, stigmatized, and more than occasionally brutalized. Innocents are regularly tortured, slaughtered, arrested, sometimes for crimes as banal as reciting ancient poetry or speaking our language. No one under 18 can practice our religion, even in the confines of our homes. Thank God most of my fellow Americans have never known what it means live without the protections of our constitution.

I am forever grateful and loyal to the U.S. for my rights and the opportunities the nation has given me. Yet I am worried and sad. Donald Trump’s exclusionary policy has disturbing implications not only for patriotic Muslim-American citizens, but also for our constitution. It is personal, because I am one of those Americans that Mr. Trump wants to portray as unpatriotic. The things Trump says about “the Muslims” are the same things the Chinese said about us.

He mentioned forced registration a few months ago, banning Muslim visitors, creating religious tests. The rhetoric shifts back and forth as the political necessities of the day change. And maybe I’ll be exempt because I’m the Muslim equivalent of a “Christmas and Easter Christian.” All of it is from the same strain of fear and hate that our founding fathers warned about in the federalist papers. Attacks against Muslims and immigrants in general — event rhetorically — an attack on upon our entire system and liberal democracy. Occasionally, throughout American history, we have seen virulent strains of hate and violence against immigrants like the Irish or Italians. They used to talk about Catholicism the way they talk about Islam. But today is different. Back then; the merchants of hate never had Twitter, or years of practice on reality TV to polish their image.

The America I know and revere treats people with dignity and respect regardless of an individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender or country of origin. America has given me the freedom to speak out against China’s human rights abuses, and the opportunity to become a lawyer. So much I feel compelled to advocate the values of our country. Perhaps, as a friend of mine says, this combination of indignation and entitlement is what shows just how American I have become? But as a new father, I am keenly aware of the importance to show my son the importance of what our founding fathers bestowed upon us. The strength of our great nation stems from the collage of immigrants who came to work and thrive in America, but the fiber that binds us together has always been the ideal that all men are created equal, and are equal under the law. In law school, I learned these ideals were not always put into practice, but more importantly, I learned that we have always been striving for a more perfect union. Will we still strive under Trump?

My story is by no means unique. There are a couple thousand Uyghurs in the U.S., but also many other immigrants who have come from countries that violated their human rights. We came to the U.S. to flee oppression, but we work hard to gain an education, raise decent families and contribute our knowledge to society. Through hard work, we have become contributing members of the American society. And we understand the debt we owe to America. Many Muslim sons and daughters have joined the military to fight for our nation’s pluralistic values and freedom. We have taken an oath to defend the constitution, and we take it seriously. During World War II, Japanese-Americans and German-Americans were accused of treason, but their sons still served. As a result, the U.S. had a tremendous advantage: keen insight into our enemies’ culture and language that our enemies did not possess. As we fight terrorism, our Muslim soldiers and civilians give us this same advantage.

Therefore, my question to Mr. Trump is this: are these the kind of people you wish to exclude from the United States through your proposed “extreme vetting” process? By doubting the loyalty of Muslim-Americans, Mr. Trump ignores our contribution to our homeland. Excluding other Muslim immigrants may score political points, but it is national security that loses.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has consistently shown her encouragement for the hard work of immigrants to the United States. She has spoken of the need to integrate communities and offer support to individuals and families who can contribute to the economy and society. In the words of Secretary Clinton immigration “strengthens our country.”

Elections sometimes define who we are as a people — and this we can all agree is one of those times. I hope I’ll be able to tell my son when he is older about a man who tried to whip up fear and hate against immigrants but failed. And I’ll say that the man failed because we as a nation realized his hate was against our values and our constitution.

Nury Turkel is an attorney in Washington, D.C.

Unregistered
06-12-16, 12:30
I just don`t get it, why is it so hard for the americans to realise this is not the populace against the old elites!
This is europian americans trying to protect their own interests and privileges. what is so hard to understand?
we humans have been like this god knows since when...who are the majority voters in the USA? who elected trump?
when it comes to prejudice and lake of opportunities for minorities europe fairs no better i`am afraid, but why so much denial of a simple fact about human nature? the poeple who think they were the founders and real owners of this country are being threatened and they are taking their country back and make it great again just like in the good old days, and that is what trump promised.

Unregistered
14-12-16, 10:56
You are the dumbest person I have ever seen. You said "real owners of this country are being threatened and they are taking their country back" do you know who are the real owner of this country? if you don't know go back to a school and learn third grade history, dumbo. You are just regular ignorant stupid person with very short attention spent.

Unregistered
15-12-16, 02:01
You are the dumbest person I have ever seen. You said "real owners of this country are being threatened and they are taking their country back" do you know who are the real owner of this country? if you don't know go back to a school and learn third grade history, dumbo. You are just regular ignorant stupid person with very short attention spent.

sizning sualingizgha Koresh kosenning bu nahxisi nahayiti yahshi jawap bireleydu. Wahtingiz qikkanda anglap koyarsiz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doc35nPY-3Y

Unregistered
19-12-16, 21:32
very short sighted and rushly concluded piece. Uyghur activists should learn to keep equal distance from each political parties and advance their cause.

Unregistered
19-12-16, 23:22
I believe you are right. Our so called politiciens must learn to be patient, logical and rational instead of emotional. Now, most of our country-mates fully support Erdogan's current policy and praise him in public places, as God's special person to save ..., in western democratic countries. Uyghur, being victims of dictatorship, must be the supporters of democracy not any form of dictatorship. We are unable to achieve any good outcome (for ourselves and any others human beings) by imitating those radical Arabs, Pashtum or Pakistans...


very short sighted and rushly concluded piece. Uyghur activists should learn to keep equal distance from each political parties and advance their cause.