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This link recently saved by racialicious on June 14, 2011
"In an "Apology to Readers" posted on June 12 from his vacation in Istanbul, MacMaster writes, "While the narrative voice may have been fictional, the facts on this blog are true and not misleading as to the situation on the ground."
He explains that as a white guy with an Anglo name, people wouldn't take him seriously in online discussion groups. So he made up Amina and her countless fictional experiences in Syria and America."
This link recently saved by racialicious on April 22, 2011
"The back-and-forth culminated when Hannity told Ellison: 'You seem unwilling to identify radical Islam as being at war with America.'
"Ellison countered: 'Al Qaeda is at war with America, but Al Qaeda is not the only enemy of America. They're not the only violent extremists. And I would ask you to stop making it like only Muslims are the problem.'"
This link recently saved by racialicious on January 08, 2011
"There is an ignoble tradition of racialising criminality in this country, in particular sexual offences, from the moral panic about West Indian pimps in the 1960s to the statistically dubious coverage of African-Caribbean gang rape in the 90s. But even those who do want further investigation into the apparent preponderance of Asian perpetrators tell me that this is not about cultural expectations regarding the sexual susceptibility of white females but rather about opportunity and vulnerability, especially of young people within the care system. It is certainly admissible to query just how beholden to 'the tyranny of custom', as Wednesday's Times leader put it, are these twentysomething males who drive flash cars and ply their victims with alcohol.
"Meanwhile, the sunlight of investigative inquiry has yet to shine on our legal system..."
This link recently saved by racialicious on December 16, 2010
"In a civil rights case, the department says the school district in Berkeley, Ill., denied the request of Safoorah Khan on grounds that her requested leave was unrelated to her professional duties and was not set forth in the contract between the school district and the teachers union. The government said the school district violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to reasonably accommodate her religious practices."
This link recently saved by racialicious on December 01, 2010
"The three chosen names were Khadija Diouf (an easily-recognizable Muslim first name, while Diouf is well-known as a common last name in France’s Senegalese community), Marie Diouf (to represent a Christian Senegalese name), and Aurélie Ménard (a common French name with no particular religious associations). To highlight the religious differences, 'Khadija' had worked at Secours Islamique, a non-profit, 'Marie' had worked for Secours Catholique, another religious non-profit, and 'Aurélie' hadn’t worked for any religious-affiliated employers.
"The results are striking. Aurélie got the most responses of all three. However, Marie Diouf also got responses from 21% of the employers the CV was sent to. The nearly identical CV, however, when used with the name Khadija Diouf, got responses from only 8% of potential jobs..."
This link recently saved by racialicious on October 27, 2010
"I want to apologize to you for not doing a better job of handling the termination of our relationship with Juan Williams. While we stand firmly behind that decision, I regret that we did not take the time to better prepare our messaging and to provide you with the tools to cope with the fallout from this episode. As I’m telling our Member stations in a separate memo today, I also regret that this happened when the staff and volunteers of many stations were deeply engaged in pledge drives."
This link recently saved by racialicious on October 20, 2010
"And while much was being made of Nenshi being what’s believed to be the first Muslim mayor in a major Canadian city, experts, supporters and even leaders in Calgary’s Muslim community were playing down the role Nenshi’s faith played in his election.
“'I think it’s an overblown situation,' said Calgary Imam Syed Soharwardy, the founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.
“'He’s a Muslim. Yes, well so what? Why does it have to be identified that we have a Muslim mayor? I think the most important thing is we have a new person who has been elected by Calgarians.'”
Still, Soharwardy couldn’t deny the impact Nenshi’s election will have on Calgary’s cowboy conservative stereotype.
This link recently saved by racialicious on October 01, 2010
Project Champion was abandoned in June after an investigation by the Guardian revealed police had misled residents into believing that hundreds of counter-terrorism cameras installed in streets around Sparkbrook and Washwood Heath were to be used to combat vehicle crime and antisocial behaviour.
The network of CCTV and automatic number plate reading (ANPR) cameras, which were weeks away from being switched on, were intended to monitor people entering and leaving the predominantly Muslim suburbs.
This link recently saved by racialicious on September 30, 2010
"It was not Bridget they blamed, but me: the fact it took a white woman to make me happy was evidence of how far I had strayed from who I once was. 'There's nothing Muslim or Pakistani about you,' my brother said. 'You can write books about how much your family mean to you [he was referring to my childhood memoir, Greetings from Bury Park] but we know the truth. The only time you even think about Islam is when you are in the media pretending to be a Muslim.' Despite their fierce disapproval, my family would still be attending the wedding. It was important the family be represented, out of duty if not support."
This link recently saved by racialicious on September 24, 2010
“'There’s a level of hatred and animosity that is shocking,' said Mary Jo O’Neill, regional attorney of the E.E.O.C.’s Phoenix office. I’ve been doing this for 31 years, and I’ve never seen such antipathy toward Muslim workers.'
"Although Muslims make up less than 2 percent of the United States population, they accounted for about one-quarter of the 3,386 religious discrimination claims filed with the E.E.O.C. last year. Complaints filed by Jews rose slightly in fiscal 2009, while complaints filed by Catholics, Protestants, Sikhs and Seventh-day Adventists declined. Claims of race, sex and age discrimination also fell."