• Will your life matter to the Trump Department of Justice?

    Opinions January 17, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Alternet. In the first few days after Donald Trump’s election, the Southern Poverty Law Center issued a report showing a shocking rise in what it called “bias-related” crimes. The report revealed spikes in anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-white, anti-Muslim, and anti-LGBT incidents around the country. The outpouring of hate has spared no one. Every day we see new evidence that Trump and the reaction to his election have emboldened racists and hateful bullies on every corner. They’ve come out into the daylight to see if anyone is going to stop them, and Trump only continues to egg them on.

  • Many of Trump’s most anti-Muslim measures are based on programs established by the Obama administration

    Opinions January 2, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: Alternet. As President-elect Trump appoints Islamophobes to his cabinet and prepares to directly target American Muslims, much of the precedents he will rely on have already been firmly established by the Obama administration and supported by the Democratic Party. No doubt Democrats will continue to denounce much of the Islamophobia from his administration but they will do so by obfuscating their own roles in perpetuating anti-Muslim bigotry and policies doubt Democrats will continue to denounce much of the Islamopho for the past eight years. President-elect Trump will inherit a set of policies that scapegoat and stigmatize Muslims, deprive them of their constitutional rights and civil liberties, subject them to surveillance, and throw them in prisons. President Obama’s two terms offer overwhelming evidence that Islamophobia is a thoroughly bipartisan project. Any resistance to it must treat it as such.

  • Florida’s felon vote: Destroying lives and wasting taxpayer dollars

    Source: Tampa Bay Times. In the United States as a whole, 1.77 percent of whites and 7.66 percent of blacks are disenfranchised due to a felony conviction. In Florida, 10 percent of the voting age population (VAP) is disenfranchised, but 23 percent — or almost one out of four black voters — is disenfranchised. Nationally, about 6 million individuals have lost the right to vote due to a felony conviction; about 1.7 million or 27 percent of all those disenfranchised reside in Florida.

  • We don’t talk about ‘radicalization’ when an attacker isn’t Muslim. We should.

    Opinions December 6, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The New York Times Magazine. Whenever a mass shooting or some other large-scale, incomprehensible attack occurs, the nation collectively holds its breath, waiting to see which set of cultural prejudices can be mobilized to frame the massacre. When attackers turn out to be Muslims, it’s assumed their path to violence is different from all others, with its own specialized language. Radicalization seems to mean something, the gist of which is this: that there is a knowable and coherent process, like a kind of matriculation — that moves a once-normal human being along some grisly progression until he or she is killing people. It’s a sturdy box of a word filled with apparent meaning, yet when pressed upon to deliver the specifics, mostly collapses like cardboard. In current discourse, “radicalization” tends to limit unthinkable attacks to those carried out by anyone of Middle Eastern descent — but why?

  • I was a “terrorist b*tch”: a dispatch from Trump’s America

    Opinions December 1, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Themarysue. The pit in my stomach when I was accosted was because of something else. The scariest part of witnessing this display of hatred was that I actually recognized the man. I spoke to him nearly every week, but his anger didn’t let him realize who I was. It was the well-dressed man with the Tesla. Granted, we weren’t friends, but I thought he knew me at least enough not to curse me in the streets. In that moment, we didn’t laugh about how as soon as you wash your car it becomes a bird poop magnet. We didn’t roll our eyes at people who walked and talked on their cell phones. In that moment, I was just some terrorist bitch.

  • The morning after: Minneapolis, Minnesota’s terrorism trial

    Opinions November 21, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: FHR. The three young men who went to trial and lost paid a high price for exercising their constitutional right to a jury trial. Mohamed Farah, 22, was sentenced to 30 years and lifetime supervision; Abdirahman Daud, 22, the same (30 years); while Guled Omar, 22, accused of being the “emir” of the group, received a sentenced of 35 years and lifetime supervision. Beyond these barbaric sentences which mock the principle of justice, this writer was also deeply disturbed by a number of statements this African American jurist made from the bench about many of the young men being (in his and the judicial system’s estimation) unredeemable, and the suggestion that terrorism in America was something new. While terrorism cases may be something selectively new in American courts, the fact of the matter is that this plague is as old as the “republic” itself!

  • Congress shows how not to respond to Donald Trump’s terrible nominees

    Opinions November 21, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Zaid Jilani in The Intercept. Donald Trump has nominated some of the worst of the worst to serve in his cabinet — a rogues gallery of apologists for torture, racial and religious discrimination, deportation, and all manner of abuses of civil and human rights. But rather than present a vigorous and united front against these nominees and demand that Trump replace them, Democrats and Republicans who in the past have been sensitive to concerns about civil liberties are instead offering to give them a chance — or actually supporting them. There has been one notable exception: the outcry from Democrats about Trump’s selection of Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. Anti-Semitism, then, would appear to be a litmus test for congressional Democrats. But not Islamophobia, or the advocacy of human rights abuses like torture.

  • Counter terror smarter

    Opinions October 26, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: U.S. News. When what you’re doing isn’t working, doing more of it isn’t the solution. We can’t keep responding to attacks the same way and expecting a different result. There is a better way to counter terrorism, and a more effective model that we can adopt, but first government officials must abandon failing strategies. When what you’re doing isn’t working, doing more of it isn’t the solution. We can’t keep responding to attacks the same way and expecting a different result. There is a better way to counter terrorism, and a more effective model that we can adopt, but first government officials must abandon failing strategies.

  • What Muslims need to know about CVE

    Opinions September 23, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Muslim Matters. CVE efforts are solely concerned with Muslim “radicalization” and government officials are making little effort to conceal that fact. . . . Muslim American terrorism, then, has been a very small, very low percentage of the overall violence in the United States.” . . . In spite of the abundance of available research arguing the contrary, popular notions of an ideological struggle remain the paradigm of choice from which the vast majority of CVE discussions emerge.

  • The reduction of Muslim Americans

    Opinions September 14, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Other Words. Both Democrats and Republicans are spreading the same Islamophobic message: you’re either with us, or you’re against us. At the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, I witnessed our leading politicians broadcast the kind of Islamophobic messages that can motivate the murder of innocent Muslims. Millions of Americans who followed the DNC heard former President Bill Clinton speak these words about American Muslims: “If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win.” As a Muslim-American myself, I’m appalled by the suggestion that unless I prove I love freedom and hate terror, I may not be afforded the right to “stay.” I don’t see any other groups faced with this prerequisite.