#BHeard: Being ‘Muslim in New York’

From left to right: Host Brian Vines, Naz Ahmad (attorney at Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) Project, CUNY Law), Imam Khalid Latif (chaplain of The Islamic Center at NYU), Amna Nawaz (ABC News Digital anchor and host of ABC Radio’s Uncomfortable Podcast), Zaheer Ali (oral historian/director of Muslims in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Historical Society), and Mehdi Hasan (columnist at The Intercept). Also on the panel: Moustafa Bayoumi (author of “This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror”) and Dr. Debbie Almontaser (president of Muslim Community Network) (Screen shot from video of the panel)

Journalists, educators, and activists shared their experiences of being Muslim in the U.S. today and the toll Islamophobia takes on one’s emotions and mental health. “Muslim in New York: A Community Comes Together” brought together the seven panelists on Oct. 11 in downtown Brooklyn at BRIC House. BRIC TV’s Brian Vines moderated.

In covering the town hall, BKLYNER’s Katherine Fung highlighted what Dr. Debbie Almontaser, president of Muslim Community Network, said about the impact of Islamophobia:

“This is psychological warfare on American Muslims. The fact that we have so many children changing their name from Mohammed to Mo [is] just truly devastating, and this is because of the fact that we live in a society where Muslims are seen as the ‘other,’ where people are supposed to fear Muslims.”

The panel also discussed religious profiling, the Trump administration, 9/11, being “‘traumatized’ by the idea of flying,” and the “double whammy discrimination” of being a Black Muslim, among other topics.

Go to BKLYNER to watch the town hall.

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