In regard to the 14 Syrian refugees allowed into Louisiana, I strongly believe that, despite the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, it is still our duty as Americans to help them out of an inhumane situation.

I know that from these recent attacks and others that were harmful in the past, many Americans have formed a vicious stereotype toward Muslims, which assumes that every Muslim’s goal is to harm those who do not agree with their beliefs.

However, the problem with making this assumption is that you’re automatically grouping an entire religion as barbaric, even if they don’t agree with the beliefs of the Islamic State group, making their lives much more difficult.

I’m not saying we should placate the horrible deeds that have been done but that we shouldn’t turn our feelings of hatred for the Islamic State group toward the refugees who have suffered as we have.

Kenadi Maupin


New Orleans