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Thursday, May 17, 2012

My first day in New York and NYPD

My passport picture 1979

On December 6, 1979, I landed in New York straight from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and stayed at YMCA. Then I went for a walk in Manhattan...a gang of nearly eight men chased me, calling me an Iranian, like a stupid, I waved them my passport, that I was an Indian...one of them shouted, you' all are the same. I am glad they did not snatch it away...

I was told by my American fellow workers in Dhahran, not to go to New York for a visit, it is a different country... "we don't own it".. most of them were Californians. NY at that time was different as well.

Anyway, I did not know what to do, so I ran towards a police officer far away... the guys chased me, I was fast... I used to run 6 miles every morning in Saudi... when they saw I was closer to the police officer, they held back. I asked the officer if he can help me get to the subway, and he obliged.. the good man walked with me and waited till I boarded the sub....

I can never forget that day! The images are vivid. Elsewhere in the world, no one wants to be around cops, but this was a life changing experience to me, that I can go to cops. Since then, I have viewed cops as friendly folks guarding the safety of citizens. By the way, my daughter went through police training... she and I watched NYPD, she wants to be the shrink in that show… she has stayed the course and is graduating this Saturday and will pursue her Master in Social Work or Psychology. I have always had respect for police since then. The concept of police is different in the America, they are one of us living in our communities, I wish this approach becomes the norm in all other nations.

Of course there are bad cops, bad presidents of the United States, bad news reporters, bad Americans, bad Muslims, bad Christians, bad Jews, bad Palestinians, bad Indians, bad others, and bad parts of the city.... the 1% of badness in society is part of the whole we know, we see and interact. The evil is always 1% of everything in life and it will remain as such. It is up to us to see that 1% as 100% of a group or just 1%. of that group. I hope we learn to discern between 1% and 99%.

MikeGhouse is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. He is a professional speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, civic affairs, Islam, India, Israel, peace and justice. Mike is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News and regularly at Huffington post, and several other periodicals across the world. The blog www.TheGhousediary.com is updated daily.