What she said:
I was waiting in line for my coffee across the street just now, and I couldn’t believe it–I was surrounded by Muslims! They were all wearing their garb* and I was getting a little freaked out. I really hope they weren’t terrorists. Enough of them have tried to blow us up!
What I said:
I just stood there with my mouth hanging open.
What I should have said, what I wish I had said, what I will say next time:
That was extremely offensive. There are over 2 million Muslims in this country, and they wear all sorts of things, and exactly none of them have tried to blow you up. I’m going to go over there and say hello to those folks at the coffee shop. Want to come? I think most of them actually work downstairs.
What would you have said? What do you think I should have said?
*Yes, she actually said “garb.” What is there, some kind of Official Racist Phrasebook?