This Tongue-In-Cheek Michigan Billboard Is A Brilliant Reminder Of The Importance Of Tolerance

Very witty.

The fight to end Islamophobia is taking many forms, including products like tote bags with satirical words written in Arabic. And now a billboard on Interstate 94 in Michigan is using a similar technique to poke fun at the Islamophobic rhetoric that's become all-too-common during this year's election.

Written in Arabic, the billboard reads, "Donald Trump can't read this but he is afraid of it."

The billboard is located near the city of Dearborn, home to one of the largest Arab-American communities in the country. It is also slated to remain up until Election Day. Regardless of your political leanings, it has something to offer: a plea for all of us to be more tolerant of cultures and languages we may be less familiar with.

Many people shared the image of the satirical billboard on Twitter.


This tongue-in-cheek billboard is the brainchild of the Nuisance Committee super PAC, which was created by Cards Against Humanity co-creator Max Temkin. The name of the super PAC is a tribute to Tempkin's grandfather, Ira Weinstein, who was a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II.

"There, Ira and other Jewish POWs banded together to form a 'Nuisance Committee' to irritate their captors in ways that wouldn't get them shot," according to the super PAC's spokesperson, Melissa Harris.

The group has also bought other billboard space for more messages across the country. Harris said that their Super PAC intentionally did not put the English translation on the Dearborn billboard.

"I like the idea of people who do not speak Arabic have to ask their friends who do speak Arabic for them to translate the board for them," Harris told Detroit radio station WWJ. "I personally hope this also will generate some dialogue between Arabic speaking people and non-Arabic speaking people in Detroit and across the country."

Members of Michigan's Arab-American community said they enjoyed the satirical billboard because it added a little fun during a stressful season.

"I chuckled," Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said to The Detroit News when he saw the billboard. "I laughed. Duh. This is how people feel in the community... It's funny yet very appropriate."


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