The aim of this discussion is to explore the racism at the core of post 9/11 policies by learning about the experiences of those who have been its most recent victims. In the name of safety and order, the United States has rolled out new mechanisms and tools that have preyed upon Brown men. Suspicion based on stereotype has been validated and legalized through FBI entrapment programs, SAMs in high security prisons and racial profiling.
Here these victims and their family members share how these policies have impacted their everyday lives. What we hope to illustrate is not only the arbitrary nature of these policies, but the racial and islamophobic animus at the basis of these government actions, and their heavy human cost.
Noor Elahi, Faisal Hashmi & Alicia McWilliams
September 21, 2011
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