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An America For All People – Including Muslims!

The above short film was produced by Unity Productions Foundation in association with Gardner Films, Inc. (www.gardnerfilms.com) and was directed by the Oscar-nominated, multiple Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker, Robert Gardner.

Go to this website — My Fellow American — to get involved and help counter the hatred and gross stereotypes about Muslims that permeate our culture. All people in this country and the world deserve to be treated with the same respect and honor.

Here is a little bit about My Fellow American.

My Fellow American is an online film and social media project that calls upon concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans. It asks people of other backgrounds to pledge, and share a real life story about a Muslim friend, neighbor, or colleague that they admire. Using the power of social media, My Fellow American seeks to change the narrative – from Muslims as the other, to Muslims as our fellow Americans.

Most Americans have never met an American Muslim. Many only know Muslims through the way they are portrayed in the media. American Muslims are so often vilified as “the other” that it is possible not to recognize that most were born in the U.S. Or that those who immigrated here came seeking the same freedoms and opportunities that have always attracted people to America.

Please share this post with your friends and family. If we all do a little, a lot will get done. If we all do a lot, the world will change!

Cross=posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles

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July 13, 2011 - Posted by | General | ,

11 Comments »

  1. Thanks for this topic, EL. I’ve known several Muslims well, two being Lebanese Sunnis who used to date two of my nieces. One has remained a family friend even though that niece ended up marrying an Israeli (my niece is half Jewish so makes more sense). Ali and the Israeli now hit it off well! He has a great personality and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Like many, Ali is not a strict religious Muslim. In fact he was a bartender in Austin and my niece a waitress when they met while both were students at U. of Texas.

    Several of my doctors here in Houston are Pakistani and all are quite skilled and compassionate men. We have at least a dozen mosques in Houston and one in Galveston, so we interact with Muslims all over the city since many hold down one of the most dangerous jobs here…clerking in convenience stores/gas stations. Many are working in professions like medicine and engineering.

    Comment by grantinhouston | July 13, 2011 | Reply

  2. I heard about that man who was killed because he merely looked like one and it turned out he wasn’t… I think he was like East Indian or something like that. I didn’t read the whole story but felt a little saddened by it. Even if he were muslim what would it matter?

    Comment by Jeff | July 13, 2011 | Reply

  3. Your welcome, Grant. Too much hatred out there. I’m so fortunate to work at a liberal arts university with many cultures and cross cultural exchange programs. I know that if most people were to just meet and interact with people that aren’t like them, they would learn pretty quickly that we are all alike.

    Comment by ExtremeLiberal | July 13, 2011 | Reply

  4. Boils down in many cases to racism with so many brown/black skinned Muslims. Bet blue-eyed blond Muslims from the Balkan states like Albania wouldn’t suffer as much.

    Totally disgusted by this clip linked below that Jon Stewart showed tonight. Glenn Beck has been replaced by a new show on Fox, a rip off the “The View” which Fox calls “The Five”. The panel consists of Greg Gutfield (formerly of Huffington Post), Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Andrew Napolitano, and rotation of a guest seat. They tried to stir up controversy over Michelle Obama leading an anti-obesity campaign (which like Global Warming, Faux News also has to refute exists even though there is proof now that more and more Americans are obese).

    Greg Gutfield just had to put down the First Lady going out to a D.C. “Shake Shack” where somebody calculated that Obama had put down 1500 calories. Gutfield said that her meal was equivalent to eating a WHOLE RACOON. Of course, poor blacks in the south used to eat racoons to keep from starving (Blacks are even are called “Coons”, one of the many ugly names given them by racists), Fox just couldn’t resist a racist “code” connection between our black first lady and racoon.

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201107120049

    Comment by grantinhouston | July 13, 2011 | Reply

    • It seems like Muslims get a bad rep all around nowadays although I’ve seen a lot of other groups get pretty bad treatment as well. Blacks who aren’t muslim themselves sometimes seem to be very attack doggish towards muslims.

      Comment by Jeff | July 14, 2011 | Reply

      • Gays also get some of the most hostile reactions from the black minority, too. Black and Mormon churches were a great force in reversing California’s gay marriage legislation. This bigotry in the minority communities is due in part to the power of the conservative fundamentalist churches that hold such great sway over their members. Some bigotry might be due to machismo among men who in the past were emasculated by slavery and white oppression. Now, some feel a need to be manly men (if only they would also be manly fathers!). Some cannot relate that gays often suffer some of the same hostilities that they received from racists in the past and often still do. I’ve met many black gay men (had a few relationships, too) and many claim to be bi-sexual, or even full-blown straight, only on the “down-low”. Some complain that their black women don’t like oral sex and they can easily receive it from a gay man for FREE where they would have to pay a female prostitute. Have heard that “a mouth is a mouth is a mouth….”!!!

        Living many years near the Mexican border, where Mexican-Americans are the majority, I witnessed more gay acceptance from the Hispanic community. Although 70% Roman Catholic, which is not exactly gay-forgiving, they still seemed to accept gay persons, especially lesbians, to even a higher degree than does the white culture. Among the 150K bystanders at our recent Pride Parade, noted many black lesbian couples, but not so many black male couples

        One observation I’ve noted over many years is that if a gay man in both the black and Latin communities is effeminate, even flamboyant , he will be more accepted by his community (although might be called “funny”). So many of our drag queens here in Texas seem to be either black or Hispanic. The latter are often slightly built and many are naturally body hairless so can pull it off well. However, masculine gay men of color can be derided as if they are deceivers, so maybe a reason for so many being on the “down low”.

        There is also a lot of black bigotry towards Hispanics here in Texas, probably for economic reasons as the latter enjoy more jobs due probably to working for lower wages….”under the table”. Hispanics have most of the constructions jobs. Our sizable unskilled Muslim and Asian communities have high employment holding down jobs in convenience stores, gas stations, taxi drivers. Vietnamese dominate the commercial fishing/shrimping industry, hair salons, manicure shops. etc. Blacks often feel left out of the job market due to other minority groups cornering these various markets.

        Comment by grantinhouston | July 14, 2011 | Reply

        • Black and Hispanic gangs hate each other but from what I’ve heard Blacks and Hispanics in general don’t have as much problems with each other. This of course depends on the area your at.

          Comment by Jeff | July 14, 2011 | Reply

          • That is true for the older and the employed. However, both groups have way too many unemployed young men who are in gangs and involved in street crime, mainly the drug trade. So like in Mexico now, the race and gang wars here are over “turf”. The Hispanic population here is growing, quickly, the black growth is near static which means that former neighborhoods and apartment projects that were all black now have Latinos moving in next door.

            In a city of nearly 6 million with one or two murders a day covered heavily by local TV, you’d think we were in a war zone. And too much of it is either black-on-black or Hispanic-on-Hispanic violence. Actually crime in our cities has been going down for some time now:

            http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/07
            /ooga_booga_righ.php

            Although Houston has a black police chief and elected a Latino sheriff, a study found that blacks were stopped more often by police. About 33% of the 494,000 motorists stopped by Houston police in 2010 were black, while the city’s overall population is 23% black. Hispanics made up 32% of the traffic stops but are 44% of the city’s population. Whites (including Asians) are 33% of the city, and accounted for 30 percent of the traffic stops. However, 18% of whites were arrested at the stops while only 16% of blacks and Hispanics were.

            Comment by grantinhouston | July 14, 2011 | Reply

  5. Anyone hear whats happening to Rupert Murdoch? I hope this bastard gets arrested and loses his influence!

    Comment by Jeff | July 14, 2011 | Reply

  6. Right after 9-11, a swastika-tattooed racist in Dallas went out hunting for brown-skinned “Muslims” around that city, ear attuned for accents like those heard on the The Simpsons . The “patriot” murdered two Middle-Eastern men, and left another, Bangladeshi Rais Bhuiyan, with nearly 3 dozen shot-gun pellets in his face and brain, costing him the sight in his right eye. This coming week, July 20, the murderer is to be executed in Texas. The condemned’s surviving victim and them families of the murdered men are asking Gov. Rick Perry to stop the execution. So contrary to stereotypes, not all Muslims seek violence….

    http://www.npr.org/2011/06/19/137283467/9-11-hate-crime-victim-seeks-to-save-his-attacker

    Bhuiyan told the Houston Chronicle this past week, “All the religions teach compassion, forgiveness, healing and tolerance,” then he quoted from the Christian New Testament, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)

    Bhuiyan, now a naturalized U.S. citizen, finished the interview with, “This country has suffered a lot since September 11. We have to move on. Let’s break the cycle of hate and violence.”

    Comment by grantinhouston | July 17, 2011 | Reply

  7. Some of our local radio jocks were making fun of the right-wingers in Arizona who are upset with media calling their recent dust storms….”Haboobs“. They said that an ARAB name shouldn’t be used. One DJ said that maybe the wingers would be happier with “Freedom Storms”! Another DJ asked, “What is it that Republican men have against women. There’s Rep. West, the misogynist, the war on women’s choice/Planned Parenthood, and now it must be they don’t like the word BOOB in haboob.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/22/us/22haboob.html

    Here is a list of a few hundred “English” words that were borrowed from Arabic:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arabic_loanwords_in_English

    Comment by grantinhouston | July 22, 2011 | Reply


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