The hidden price of Islamaphobia in America

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The hidden price of Islamaphobia in America

Post by Ben Reilly on Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:26 pm

(CNN)With Adele's song "All I Ask" playing in the background, a Maryland teenager opened her computer and wrote an emotional letter to President Barack Obama.

"I am an American, I grew up here. I say the Pledge of Allegiance every day," Aleena Khan told the President. "And yet, I am a Muslim."
Which one, she asked, is she allowed to be?

Aleena is 17, with a bright smile and dark hair that sweeps across her shoulders. Her mother is Indian-American, her father emigrated from Pakistan. Aleena and her two sisters have lived in Maryland their whole lives.

Last year, as part of an honors research project on identity crises among Muslim-American teenagers, Aleena spent hours online combing through public comments on news articles about Muslims. What she read shocked her.

"Kick them all out and put the rest in detainment camps. Enough with the PC feces," said one commenter.

"The only peaceful and moderate Muslims are the dead ones," said another.

The tweet from the man wearing military camouflage was the worst, Aleena said. "Hard to tell what we should build first. A border wall or a gas chamber for Muslims."

Aleena sat on the floor of her room, stunned. These people were talking about her mother, her father, her sisters, her cousins, her friends. They were talking about her. If it were just one comment, she could ignore it. But there were so many.

"This is what people think about me?" she wondered. "If I go out and say I'm Muslim will my friends still be my friends? Will people like me anymore?"

She texted her best friend, Haley, telling her what people were saying about Muslims. People are ignorant, Haley answered.

It's difficult to measure a sentiment such as Islamophobia, the word for hatred and fear of Muslims. But it's also hard to escape the idea that being Muslim in America today is like watching comment sections spring to lurid life. The anti-Muslim rallies, the vicious hate crimes, the racial profiling, the threats and taunts and questions about divided loyalties.

Scholars say Islamophobia seems to surge after attacks by Muslim extremists and during presidential campaigns, when candidates pledge to get tough on terrorists, often by singling out Muslims. Just this week, after a Muslim man was charged with detonating bombs in New York and New Jersey and another was accused of stabbing 10 people in Minnesota, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump urged local police officers to profile "suspicious" people, "like they do in Israel."

"Do we really have a choice?" Trump said. "We're trying to be so politically correct in our country, and this is only going to get worse."

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/23/us/islamerica-secret-costs-islamophobia/index.html

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Re: The hidden price of Islamaphobia in America

Post by Ben Reilly on Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:05 pm

Major wrote:Propaganda.

It's actually a detailed exploration of a significant issue.

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Re: The hidden price of Islamaphobia in America

Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:41 am

Razz

WITH Major/Stormee being one of the leading propagandists on this forum, it is always amusing and quite ironic to see any of them using the term "propaganda" in relation to any other posts...

Then again, I seriously doubt that the likes of Stormee, Tommy, Dean, Horatio, nor their supporters like Raggamuffin and nicko, even understand the concept of irony..

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Post by nicko on Sun Sep 25, 2016 2:29 pm

IL'L have you know I iron my own shirts!!







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Post by Tommy Monk on Sun Sep 25, 2016 2:53 pm

Laughing

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Re: The hidden price of Islamaphobia in America

Post by Ben Reilly on Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:08 pm

Aleena is 17, with a bright smile and dark hair that sweeps across her shoulders. Her mother is Indian-American, her father emigrated from Pakistan. Aleena and her two sisters have lived in Maryland their whole lives.

Last year, as part of an honors research project on identity crises among Muslim-American teenagers, Aleena spent hours online combing through public comments on news articles about Muslims. What she read shocked her.

"Kick them all out and put the rest in detainment camps. Enough with the PC feces," said one commenter.

"The only peaceful and moderate Muslims are the dead ones," said another.

The tweet from the man wearing military camouflage was the worst, Aleena said. "Hard to tell what we should build first. A border wall or a gas chamber for Muslims."

Aleena sat on the floor of her room, stunned. These people were talking about her mother, her father, her sisters, her cousins, her friends. They were talking about her. If it were just one comment, she could ignore it. But there were so many.

"This is what people think about me?" she wondered.

I wonder if some of those comments that stunned her so badly were gathered from some of our own members?

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Re: The hidden price of Islamaphobia in America

Post by Raggamuffin on Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:07 pm

Ben Reilly wrote:
Aleena is 17, with a bright smile and dark hair that sweeps across her shoulders. Her mother is Indian-American, her father emigrated from Pakistan. Aleena and her two sisters have lived in Maryland their whole lives.

Last year, as part of an honors research project on identity crises among Muslim-American teenagers, Aleena spent hours online combing through public comments on news articles about Muslims. What she read shocked her.

"Kick them all out and put the rest in detainment camps. Enough with the PC feces," said one commenter.

"The only peaceful and moderate Muslims are the dead ones," said another.

The tweet from the man wearing military camouflage was the worst, Aleena said. "Hard to tell what we should build first. A border wall or a gas chamber for Muslims."

Aleena sat on the floor of her room, stunned. These people were talking about her mother, her father, her sisters, her cousins, her friends. They were talking about her. If it were just one comment, she could ignore it. But there were so many.

"This is what people think about me?" she wondered.

I wonder if some of those comments that stunned her so badly were gathered from some of our own members?

I bet you don't really wonder that.

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Re: The hidden price of Islamaphobia in America

Post by Original Quill on Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:11 pm

Raggamuffin wrote:
Ben Reilly wrote:

I wonder if some of those comments that stunned her so badly were gathered from some of our own members?

I bet you don't really wonder that.

I'll bet I do. Because any fundamentalist belief is hard to defend, that is the reason why fundamentalists are reluctant to discuss their religion. Frankly, any theory of metaphysics is difficult to talk about...but so is refutation.

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Re: The hidden price of Islamaphobia in America

Post by Raggamuffin on Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:15 pm

Original Quill wrote:
Raggamuffin wrote:

I bet you don't really wonder that.

I'll bet I do.  Because any fundamentalist belief is hard to defend, that is the reason why fundamentalists are reluctant to discuss their religion.  Frankly, any theory of metaphysics is difficult to talk about...but so is refutation.  

I bet you don't ...

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Post by Original Quill on Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:19 pm

Raggamuffin wrote:
Original Quill wrote:

I'll bet I do.  Because any fundamentalist belief is hard to defend, that is the reason why fundamentalists are reluctant to discuss their religion.  Frankly, any theory of metaphysics is difficult to talk about...but so is refutation.  

I bet you don't ...

Do too...

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Re: The hidden price of Islamaphobia in America

Post by Lord Foul on Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:25 pm

"he's behind you"
"oh no he's not"

"OH YES HE IS"

etc etc etc ..........

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