To build more inclusive societies, we must first understand the obstacles our communities face. This course introduces you to a central challenge affecting cities, counties, and states across America: systemic bias and discrimination against Muslims and those perceived as Muslim. Begin by identifying how anti-Muslim bigotry is a form of racism. While Islam is not a race, anti-Muslim bias is grounded in racist premises based on appearance, perceived national origin, and hateful tropes. Anti-Muslim bigotry impacts Muslims and those mistakenly perceived as Muslim, including Sikh, Arab, Asian, Black, and African descent. Analyze the prevalence of systemic anti-Muslim racism in American media, governmental institutions, and legislation. Examine the role of institutions and individuals who fund anti-Muslim efforts and explore the actions of those actively combatting anti-Muslim hate.
- Define racialized anti-Muslim bigotry and who is impacted by it.
- Understand the systemic forms of anti-Muslim bigotry, including the financial landscape of Islamophobia and the role of media and government.
- Identify where to find credible sources of information related to racialized anti-Muslim bias, including reporting and statistics of religiously and racially motivated hate incidents in one’s city, state, or county.