There’s only one problem with the aerial photograph of the “squalid” compound that has focused the world’s attention on remote northern New Mexico. It isn’t true. We’ll have more on that in paragraph eight.
But first, the Muslim man arrested at that compound last week is the latest member of the New York Times Editorial Board, said publisher A.G. Sulzberger, who cited a “stupendous cache of ‘I hate wypipo’ tweets” as the paper’s primary motivation for the new hire.
“We hired Siraj Wahhaj not only because of his environmental and race relations credentials, but also because as a young black Muslim man he is now the subject of despicable media harassment,” said Sulzberger.
The editorial board of the Sacramento Brie applauds the decision.
Not only is Wahhaj the son of Siraj Wahhaj – the respected Brooklyn imam smeared by the media as being linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing – but we stand by the assessment that the incident in the remote desert encampment was a domestic situation that had nothing to do with extremism.
We talked with a spokesperson for Mingle2 – “New Mexico’s best 100% FREE Muslim dating site” – and there is absolutely nothing wrong with Wahhaj’s attempt to create a harem similar to those found in many remote Afghan villages.
Like the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, we are “appalled by the sensationalist and Islamophobic news coverage” that portrays the Wahhaj compound as “squalid.”
The truth is that the family was building an “Earthship” – a sustainable, zero-waste structure made out of recycled and natural materials – as proven by this photograph taken from the other side of the road.
With climate change and economic insecurity affecting millions worldwide, this type of habitation is needed now more than ever. As Atlas Obscura notes, “there are Earthships in every state in America and in more than 20 countries.” The one under construction by the Wahhaj family is not far from an “Earthship community in Taos that supports 70 residences and allows overnight visitors.”
We condemn the anti-Black media bias that perpetuates a pattern of Islamophobic news coverage where Muslims are always found guilty by association. We condemn media outlets that ignore basic journalistic standards and ethics. We ask the readers of the Sacramento Brie to avoid reading clickbait articles and focus on sharing news that includes responsible coverage.
And we look forward to many scintillating New York Times articles that will flow from the pen of Siraj Wahhaj the Younger.