A forum set up to build bridges between the Muslim American community and the larger Tennessean community degenerated into a hate filled side show, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The American Muslim Advisory Council organized the forum in response to the posting of a incendiary cartoon by a Coffee County, Tennessee commissioner on his Facebook page.
The cartoon showed a man pointing a gun with the caption “How to Wink At a Muslim.”
Protestors disrupted the meeting attended by 600 people from the beginning.
“This night was supposed to be about understanding the Muslim-American community,” Sabina Mohyuddin, a spokeswoman for the council, told Hatewatch. “[But] during the whole program, from the beginning to the end, protestors were heckling, interrupting, shouting out.”
You can read more about the people behind the protest in the Southern Poverty Law Center.