By Yasmeen Chraim
Unis Middle School
Some people say it is like a Muslim version of the show Jersey Shore.
Lowe’s took its ads off the show after receiving a letter from the Florida Family Association. The group wrote called the show propaganda that “riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”
In Dearborn, Layal Mallah, 18, who watches A.A.M, said, “Lowe’s made a bad decision. They are just a racist company and they want to make Muslims everywhere look bad and think of us as terrorists.” Because of the decisions Lowe’s has made, many people have been boycotting them. Mallah said, “Nowadays I just think people try too hard to try to make Muslims look bad.”
My dad, Ramzi Chraim, told me, “it is very disappointing. They are showing insensitivity. Everyone put Lowe’s under pressure but at the same time they deserved it. “Lowe’s chose to insult one ethnic group and, of course, it is Arabs.”
He said, “I will probably still shop there because my choices are limited, but they need to learn more about the Muslim culture before they judge us.”One of the teachers at Unis Middle School, Connie Wilkinson, said, “It’s too bad it doesn’t support the show. the program would support all Arabs in America,” she said. “It helps to do away with false information. Many Americans think ALL Arabs are terrorists.
She said the All-American Muslim shows that “not all Arabs are not terrorists.”
Wilkinson is one of several non-Arab teachers in a school where about 90% of the students are of Arab descent. She knows how Arab students act and that their families are not terrorists.
When Lowe’s pulled its ads, people — especially Muslims — reacted in a bad way.
The workers at Lowe’s don’t really have a say in this situation, because the decision was made by the company. Lowe’s obviously knew it would lose some customers. And fewer costumers means lesser money. But after all the objection to its decision to pull the ads, Lowe’s issued some problematic apologies.
On Facebook, Lowe’s posted: “It appears that we managed to step into a hotly contested debate with strong views from virtually every angle and perspective – social, political and otherwise -– and we’ve managed to make some people very unhappy. We are sincerely sorry. We have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, across our workforce and our customers, and we’re proud of that longstanding commitment.
“Lowe’s has received a significant amount of communication on this program, from every perspective possible. Individuals and groups have strong political and societal views on this topic, and this program became a lighting rod for many of those views. As a result we did pull our advertising on this program. We believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance.
“We strongly support and respect the right of our customers, the community at large, and our employees to have different views. If we have made anyone question that commitment, we apologize.
“Thank you for allowing us to further explain our position.”
Lowe’s is now dealing with a boycott, protests and moderating thousands of comments on its Facebook page.