Thank you to my friend Fatimah for sharing this with me! Kudos to SUNY Buffalo and the BSU for holding a conference to openly address the discrimination against Muslims, Blacks, and Black Muslims. Here is just a bit of what was discussed: The question was asked whether or not there has been a shift or alleviation of discrimination and/or racism of African Americans to Muslims. Discrimination and racism of African American is deeply rooted in a capitalistic aspect–in that African Americans were a commodity to build the economy. Discrimination of Muslims is a little different in that 1. Muslims/Islam is not a race, it is a religion. So while they are discriminated against it is for different reason, and has increased as a result of the 9/11 attacks.
There was some discussion on Pastor Terry and his remarks on Muslims and the amount of media coverage he’s gotten as a result of him wanting to burn Korans. THe media can play a major factor in the way in which people thing about certain situations.
We also talked about black muslims and the whether or not they
are discriminated more than other muslims. In some aspects they are; this black muslim raised her hand and talked about how she often has three things working against her: her race, gender AND religion.
We ended the meeting basically find ways in which to reduce prejudice and discrimination: taking accountability for ourselves and individually making the effort to increase awareness on the issue. A member of a muslim organization commended BSU for having a meeting like this and that the religion of Islam is all about bringing people together to create strong communities.