New York City Taxi Driver Slashed in Alleged Bias Attack Speaks Out

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ahmed Sharif, the Muslim taxi driver whose neck was slashed Tuesday night, allegedly because of his religion, spoke out on the steps of City Hall this afternoon surrounded by dozens of supporters from The New York Taxi Workers Alliance and other groups.

Sharif described how his assailant made jokes about Ramadan and yelled before the attack. He says he is still shaken up by the incident.

"The attack come from the back," Sharif said. "It was a shock. It still has me scared. I mean, still I have a view of the knife when I close my eye."

Inside City Hall, with dozens of camera shutters clicking, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters that New York City will not stand for hate crimes against any resident regardless of religion.

"This should never have happened and hopefully won't happen again," Bloomberg said. "Hopefully people will understand that we can have a discourse. That's what the First Amendment is all about. That's what America is all about."

Sharif was stabbed at 6 p.m. Tuesday as he drove through Midtown along Second Avenue. His alleged assailant, Michael Enright, remains jailed without bail, on charges of attempted murder, assault as a hate crime, and weapons charges.


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shadeed ahmad from New York, New York

Unfortunately, the stabbing of Mr. Ahmed Sharif is the inevitable result of the mass hysteria of people not respecting The United States Constitution and lacking authentic connections to love centered understandings of GOD, religion(s), themselves and sentient beings in general.

It is mandatory that The Constitution be upheld for the greater good of "peace." Even those that are against the mosque that is proposed for the vicinity of Ground Zero can fall prey to violence in the current escalating and seemingly preferred atmosphere of hate many are opting for.

Due to the characteristic selfish, stubborn and narrow mindedness of bigotry our nation's claims to being a melting pot and living up to The Founding Fathers' proclamation of religious freedom are being rendered as farcical to the rest of the world.

Without the strength of The United States Constitution being adhered to we are a country that can't be truly considered "The United States of America."

At best with our currrent collective shards of thoughts about The Constitution we are in a united state of chaos. Sincerely, Shadeed R. Ahmad (8-28-10)

Aug. 28 2010 04:42 AM

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