[ View the story "#NotYourTerrorist tackles anti-Muslim prejudice" on Storify] #NotYourTerrorist tackles anti-Muslim prejudice Netizens challenge attitudes and depictions of Arabs and Muslims in media and society.
The Stream· Thu, Mar 27 2014 09:43:04
I'll be critiquing images of Arabs/Muslims in American media at #NotYourTerrorist at 8:30 est. @suey_park @imraansiddiqi @RaniaKhalekSteven Salaita
Many of the messages protested depictions of Muslims and Arabs as terrorists.
Netizens pushed back against the perception that only Muslims are angry and dangerous.
@convo_girl @Faineemae Yes, terror comes in all forms, I know I live 10 mins. From Virginia Tech.NearDeathExperience
Others focused on the discrimination Muslims and Arabs face as a result of negative stereotypes.
Sis & I were the only ones to get our hands swabbed at the airport but were told it's routine. No bomb residue. Surprised? #notyourterroristTessneem A.
Grown security men giving me the full body search when I was 13. Obv the white pple around me didn't get "randomly" search #NotYourTerroristAniqah
Fun game: walk into a busy waiting room and see how many eyes look for the exit sign #NotYourTerroristAKN
Some say fear and discrimination comes from societal ignorance and a lack of cultural and religious understanding, which perpetuates stereotypes. Sikhs also weighed in:
Mistaking a Sikh for a Muslim or an Asian from an Arab cos you too stupid to learn the difference between cultures. #NotYourTerroristAyesha Badat-Khan
#Sikhs are profiled every time they travel bc turbans are considered bulky clothing. Note to the TSA: I'm: #NotYourTerroristArjun Sethi
Others discussed the impact of the September 11, 2001 attacks on discrimination against Muslims and Arabs.
I dont expect you to apologize for what the KKK McVeigh etc. did. Dont expect me to apologize for Bin Laden or anyone else #NotYourTerroristHidaya Nawee
#NotYourTerrorist When even the teacher asks YOUR specific views on 9/11. Like ima go YEH I lOVED it or something.
Expecting Arabs & Muslims in America to apologize after 9/11. #NotYourTerroristRemi Kanazi
When we can't feel safe going to our place of worship because of wire tapping and undercover informants in the masjid. #notyourterroristSarah
Many said society overlooks violent attacks from members of other groups because there is a double standard, making "terrorism" synonymous with actions of Arabs and Muslims.
White people are already assumed to be #NotYourTerrorist despite the terror inflicted by patriarchal white supremacist menQuinnLester
When I read about Karl Marx and revolutions, I'm crazy. When I protest, I'm a threat. But whites are just hippies. #NotYourTerroristدينا سيد أحمد
A white man murdered 6 people in a Sikh temple b/c he thought they were Muslim. Media debated whether it was "terrorism." #NotYourTerroristAaghaz Ahmed
When brown people wear the keffiye, they are clinging to their culture; when white people wear it, it's fashion... #NotYourTerroristJosh Shahryar
I didn't slaughter millions of native Americans. I didn't assist in the genocide of Bosnians. I didn't burn Iraq alive. #NotYourTerroristsanctioned
When more shootings and acts of terror have been committed by white males since 9/11. We are clearly #NotYourTerrorist.Ainee Fatima
Abroad, they call the oppressed “terrorists”. At home they call them “thugs” and “gangbangers”. Same idea. #NotYourTerroristRania Khalek
When the difference between massacre of civilians and collateral damage is skin color. #NotYourTerroristJosh Shahryar
#NotYourTerrorist When MSM echoes govt on "suspected militants" killed in US drone strikes, look who they’re erasing:
@RaniaKhalek Only the ignorant or pathologically contaminated minds translate oppression, resistance or self-defense into 'terrorism'. #BDSLisa Guliani
Too busy being awesome, forgot to be oppressed. - @Faineemae #Muslimvoices #NotYourStockMuslim #empoweredmuslimwomen
My hijab doesn't tell you a story, it gives you a picture. Do not conflate your assumptions with my humanity. #NotYourStockMuslimilhan dee
"Aren't you too outspoken to be a hijabi?" My hijab doesn't silence me,it empowers me to speak louder against injustice #NotYourStockMuslimSharmin.
Not oxymoronic:-Muslim-Americans -Latino Muslims-Strong Muslim women#NotYourStockMuslimGabriela Ivonne