Friday, May 6, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Part Two of The Current
The Killing of Osama bin Laden - Valarie Kaur
Many New Yorkers weren't shy about celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden last Sunday night. But even in the city most wounded by Al Qaeda, the celebrations gave some people pause. Like many New Yorkers, Danielle Tumminio -- an Episcopal Priest and a lecturer at Yale University -- was profoundly shaken by the attacks of September 11th. We aired a clip.
Reverend Tumminio felt a complicated flurry of emotions when she heard about Osama bin Laden's death. We aired a clip.
U.S. President Barack Obama also seems to be concerned about the exuberance many Americans are displaying. We aired a clip from an interview with 60 Minutes, explaining his decision not to release the photos of bin Laden's death.
And His spokesperson Jay Carney added We don't need to spike the football. We don't trot out this stuff as trophies.
Valarie Kaur says there is every reason to fear that American sentiment surrounding Bin Laden's death could lead to violence against religious and ethnic minorities. She is an award-winning Sikh-American documentary filmmaker who directed the film, Divided We Fall, about anti-Muslim hate crimes in the U.S. in the wake of 9/11. Valarie Kaur was in New York City.
The Killing of Osama bin Laden - Rafia Zakaria
While Valarie Kaur sees danger following Bin Laden's killing, Rafia Zakaria sees reason for hope. She's an American Muslim who teaches constitutional history and political philosophy at Indiana University. She's also an editor with altmuslim.com, a website that encourages an exchange of ideas between Muslim Americans and non-Muslim Americans. Rafia Zakaria was in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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