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How Not to Stop Racism in the Arab American Community – A Response

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By: Diala Khalife A response to “How do you stop racism in the Arab American community? Heck if I know” I write this in response to a deeply problematic blog post published by Muslim Matters on December 11th. The piece was met with objections and critiques by some Arabs and non-Arab Muslims on Twitter [1]. The original post attempts to ... Read More »

How do you Stop Racism in the Arab-American Community? Heck if I Know

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Post-Racial? Racism is a complicated issue. Racial prejudice has persisted in America despite the evolution of countervailing social norms that not only undermine the rationales that buoy such bigotry, but shame the bigots themselves. So why are people still jerks? There have been a myriad of reasons suggested for the persistence of racism and racists. I haven't the space nor ... Read More »

Understanding the Pain of the Zimmerman Trial

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By Dawud Walid The recent acquittal in the George Zimmerman case reignited a national discussion about race relations in America.  There were many on one end of the spectrum, who stated the Zimmerman case typifies the lack of racial equity and justice in America for Blackamericans, from the initial profiling of Trayvon Martin, the trying of his character during the ... Read More »

Israel and Apartheid | Taking Action with BDS

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Pre-req | Introduction  | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 We've spent the last few articles describing the apartheid policies implemented by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The obvious question which follows is: so what, what am I to do about it and why? Apart from the obvious moral incumbency of acting to eliminate injustice, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict deserves special attention for a ... Read More »

Poem | Ammar AlShukry

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By Ammar AlShukry Cross-posted from:   https://www.facebook.com/ammarpoetry/posts/532319246788139 I had some fun writing this one. Purely fictional, no offense intended. I met Ahmed, he was a dejected fellow, I asked him why he was looking so mellow, He told me, when I converted to Islam, I was told that I was joining the brotherhood of man, At the masjid I got hugs, ... Read More »

‘You Deserve Racism Because You’re Corrupt’

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Those who are inclined toward racism or self-hate will inevitably bring up the faults of the people they detest whenever discrimination is discussed. In America, it appears that African-Americans are not only the most fault-ridden group in the eyes of others, but the most likely candidates of discrimination—even in Muslim communities and masjids. And some argue this is because of their faults. Read More »

Israel and Apartheid | Part 3

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Pre-req | Introduction  | Part 1 |   Part 2 | Part 3 |  Part 4 | (Note: The Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) refers to the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem which have been under Israeli occupation since 1967 )  Apartheid Roads and Restrictions on Freedom of Movement Israel has created a system of extensive roads in the Palestinian territories, primarily in the West Bank, which connect Jewish ... Read More »

1000+56 Words, Explained

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 I feel like this message is far too important to me and far too sensitive for all of us for me to leave it unexplained. —– Where were you when it happened? For me, it was the classroom.  I was in 5th grade when the Twin Towers were attacked.  The school day had just begun when the first plane hit, ... Read More »

Religious Discrimination at Work

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She didn’t know that the $20 scarf she wrapped around her head that morning would result in a $25,000 lawsuit . She walked into the job interview for Morningside House of Ellicott City: a confident, well educated professional. Excited, about to graduate from nursing school and after spending years caring for other’s children as a childcare worker, she was starting a new chapter of her life. A heartfelt prayer to Allah mumbled under her breath and she opened the door. Read More »

Tired of People ‘Playing the Race Card’?

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Reminders of social injustice are like reminders of poverty in the world. Those who still have within them even a grain of goodness become disturbed when confronted with these painful truths. But the true measure of righteousness is what we do about this uncomfortable stirring within. Read More »

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