After the Post

I wrote this for Yahoo! News to describe what has been happening in my world after I published my blog post, Some Real Shock and Awe: Racially Profiled and Cuffed in Detroit, on Monday.

Things are beginning to calm down on this end, and I am now working with the ACLU on the matter.

Again, thank you for all the support out there. Maybe there will be some positive outcome to all of this.

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  1. I think what happened to Mrs Hebshi, in light of the recent past few day’s revelations about FBI training that any and all Muslims (thus anyone who look Arabic or middle-Eastern) are in fact terrorists, or at least sympathizers, shows what a police state that the US has become. All Mexicans are undocumented, all Muslims are Terrorists, anyone not with the GOP/Tea Party is a Socialist, etc… means that even though we finally got bin laden, he won. We are now terrified of our fellow citizens, and act accordingly – which was what the terrorists wanted in the first place.

    • Uncle Mike

       /  September 17, 2011

      I agree that “he” (I’ve long been a conspiracy advocate so I think the source of keeping the people divided, at odds, and powerless is made up of a few more kingpins than Bin Laden) has won not only with creating a “divided we fall, un-united states”, but a country that is broke and leaderless.

      The money and resources to educate the youth, care for our health, protect the survival of our planet as we know it, has gone to pay for fighting “him”. The economy has collapsed, more and more of us don’t have what we need, except for those kingpins who have not and will not suffer, and who thrive on the peoples disunity and competitiveness.

      So much of the attention, awareness, time, and energy of the US populace seems to be given to scandals, sensationalism, disagreements, reality shows, and sports. Besides being entertaining, they are HUGE distractions from dealing w/ the “state of the union”. It is depressing and disempowering to pay attention to our problems, especially the question of “what can I do?”

      Again, thanks Shosh for giving us a glimpse into what’s not working in our country and an opportunity to do something about it via the legal system and public opinion.

  2. It is the right step to take talking to ACLU. Let the authority know that they have to be more intelligent about handling these type of delicate issue. Also What has happened to those Indian gus. Any news?

  3. What a great story, so unfortunate that this had to happen to you, but it’s great that you are so understanding. It’s very sad that a few people can ruin everything for everyone else. I enjoy reading your blog though you’re an excellent writer.

  4. well it is good that you are able to do something positive anyway..c

  5. Shoshana, I just wanted to say that I’m impressed with the dignity and grace with which you’ve handled this entire thing, including the monstrosity of a comment thread on the shock and awe post. Thank you for leaving that comment thread open, in spite of the ignorance, short-sightedness, and the people using the thread as a political platform.

  6. jhkld;lkjlk;zj;lkj

     /  September 19, 2011

    Comparing yourself to Malcolm X in a prison cell? you’ve got to be kidding me. You were in a prison cell for an hour or so. What happened to you was not ok, but it was NOTHING compared to what many others experience. Harden up sweetheart. Malcolm X?!!! ha!

  7. Jan

     /  September 19, 2011

    I have commented before, when I first heard of Shoshana’s treatment, but I want to specifically condemn the strip search she was forced to endure. That is w-a-y over the line! Pulling some people to the side as they disembark, that I could at least understand. But the extreme reaction showed no judgment. And that is scary. These people have weapons and they have power, but no judgment. It is The State run amuk. I am very conservative and have little use for the ACLU (I still hold it against them that they campaigned for the right of Nazis to hold a parade in Skokie, Illinois, which at the time was inhabited by a lot of Holocaust survivors — see, no judgment!) But perhaps in this case they can redeem themselves. All the best, Shoshana. You’re doing an excellent job of leading by example.

  8. Mary Challender

     /  September 19, 2011

    It made me sick to read about your experience and to know that some travelers are paying that level of attention to how often their fellow fliers are using the bathroom. I congratulate you on not losing your temper and resisting, at which point you probably would have faced criminal charges. I admire you for finding a way not only to share your feelings about this experience but also to initiate a dialogue on the loss of liberty that comes with post 9/11 paranoia.
    By the way, we missed you at the softball end-of-season party!

    Take care,

    • Hi Mary, good to hear from you and bummed to have miss that party as well. I did get a call from a few drunk teammates though :). Thanks for the note. Take care.

  9. Am happy your moving on, its a great deal of bravery. Had watched ”My Name is Khan”, and in the end thought it was just a movie, now I know what its like. Will all hate Terrorism and being treated as one is even worse.

  10. Jerome

     /  January 28, 2013

    “Moving on”? Waiting a year and filing a lawsuit and getting more publicity? Yeah, the authorities over-reacted, but they had to at least investigate the report from the passengers. Put this in some perspective!

    • Hi Jerome, thanks for your comment. The authorities certainly over-reacted, and investigating a report is quite different from the scale of invasion they did. Let me ask you this: if you were sitting on a plane minding your own business and armed officers or agents stormed the plane, handcuffed you dragged you off to some unknown place and held you without any explanation for hours, subjected you to a strip search without even telling you why you were there to begin with, you would be outraged too. This lawsuit is to bring attention to the gross over reaction by the parties involved, the infringement of my rights to privacy and unlawful search and seizure and to try to make sure these things don’t happen to innocent people. The only publicity sought is to gain public awareness of the problem.
      The explanation for the delay between the incident and the lawsuit has to do with the time it takes to research and file a claim, to go through the appropriate steps to take action.
      I hope you continue reading some of the links I’ve posted to gain a little more perspective on the issue.

      • Jan Sutton

         /  January 29, 2013

        Jerome was rude. There is no point in being so self-righteous. Shoshana, I know this had to be a much more humiliating event than your original post conveyed, and I am so sorry you were forced to go through such an experience. On the other hand, I also sympathize with the fear flight attendants probably face every anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. I’m going to guess the crews flying on the ten year anniversary of the first 9/11 were those with the least seniority, those unable to avoid flying that day for one reason or the other. And I’m sure they were “prepped” for any possible trouble. There are a lot of copy-cats out there in our world. So I am torn with empathy for both parties on the plane. I wish there was a way for everyone to sit down together and reach an understanding. Sadly, our legal system is a confrontational one which seeks to label the innocent versus the guilty. In this case, the guilty are well out of arm’s reach and the innocent, in some cases, are stumbling around acting stupid because they’re afraid. As for the security people at the airport — they were probably thrilled to be called on to stop a supposed terrorist attack. I’m guessing they were deepely disappointed to find out you were an American housewife and mother. They are the ones who could stand to be reigned in. In any case, I wish you the best, Shoshana, and I hope the suit brings some good result out of all this.


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