The FBI maps the noncriminal patterns of living of American Muslims. The NYPD does the same to Muslims in New York. Which prompted the New York Times‘ Sam Roberts to dig through the police archives until he found maps of “hyphenates” — cops’ records of where Those People live. Except in this case, Those People were Irish and Germans from immigrant communities suspected of Redness or anarchism.
Explained a New York State Senator around 1919:
There are hundreds of thousands of Irish in this country who are not loyal, not American and never will be American.
I wonder who we’ll demonize in 2080 while looking back on the Great Muslim Panic of the Early 21st Century — and consoling ourselves that it was just an ugly aberration of American history.