Judge teaches incredible lesson of tolerance to prejudiced man
A judge in Oregon gave a larger-than-life sentence to a man accused of abusing an Arabic-speaking stranger -- 30 days in jail, a book and a new outlook on society.
A drunk Luis Enrique Rico shoved the man after yelling racially and religiously charged insults at the Middle-Eastern man, according to Oregon Live.
It turns out that the victim, Mohammed Al Mahmood, was from Iraq and served in the U.S. military as an interpreter before immigrating to the United States of America in the hopes of living a more fulfilling life.
Judge Kenneth Walker told Rico that his behavior and actions essentially boiled down to "Islamophobia."
Anyone can be a victim of such prejudice, Walker said, even Luis.
"You look Middle Eastern yourself...If I just looked at you, never heard you, never knew your name -- I would say Iran, Saudi Arabia, because that's what you look like," Walker continued.
Although Mahmood wasn't at the trial, an Deputy District Attorney Rick Freud said the encounter has "severely affected his opinion of our country."
Rico said he was "drunk and belligerent", explaining he felt remorse for the man, "I don't remember nothing, and I just feel bad."
Walker sentences Rico to 30 days in jail and asked him to promise to read "The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things," a book about exaggerated fears from road rage to terrorism.
Following the jail stay, Rico must complete a three year probation, domestic violence counseling, alcohol treatment and a ban on drinking while under probation.
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