So many Americans, like myself, don’t agree with the Islamophobia that’s so rampant in our country today. We’ve been frustrated by the ineffectiveness of small efforts like blog posts, and television pundits who publicly denounce Islamophobes, to no avail.
This project sounds promising…
One of the more unfortunate repercussions of the Islamophobia echo chamber is their ability to mainstream bigoted discourse towards American Muslims. As the Center for America Progress’ “Fear, Inc.” report documents, “some well-established conservative media outlets are a key part of this echo chamber, mixing coverage of alarmist threats posed by the mere existence of Muslims in America.”
This mainstreaming of hateful rhetoric gives fodder to respected community, political and civic leaders, radio talk show hosts, and Christian right preachers. Talking points that Obama is a Muslim, or that American mosques are places of stealth jihad, and other routine demonizing statements towards American Muslims have become the norm in our post 9/11 discourse on Islam in America.
But this relationship between mainstream media and the Islamophobia network is not surprising. What is more alarming is that voices of civility and sanity have not taken action to counter this reality. In an effort to push against the mainstreaming of hateful speech towards Muslims, Unity Productions Foundation has launched a new online project called “My Fellow American.” Centered on a short emotional video that juxtaposes voices of anti-Muslim hate with everyday American Muslims, it serves as a call to conscience to everyday Americans.
Watch the video:
- Muslim-Americans celebrate end of Ramadan in 9/11 shadow (charlotte.news14.com)
- Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism – Pew Research Center (policyabcs.wordpress.com)
- Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Poll: Muslim Americans optimistic, but concerned about discrimination – Bellingham Herald (news.google.com)
- Fighting the defamation of Muslim Americans | Wajahat Ali (guardian.co.uk)