islamophobia

The exploitation of fear fuels Islamophobia and drives reactionary activists to promote propaganda and messaging to keep the narrative alive. A network of bloggers, think tanks and propaganda mills have raised and spent hundreds of millions of dollars since 2001 to propagate misinformation about muslims and Islam.

Islamophobia manifests in this country in the form of:

  • police-state surveillance, infiltration and entrapment;
  • a Clinton crime-bill statute criminalizing 'material support of terrorism' used to prosecute and incarcerate a volunteer board seeking to send humanitarian relief to the people of occupied Palestine;
  • a chilling impact on political discourse to rival COINTELPRO, the Red Scare, the HUAC, the Palmer Raids;
  • hate crimes including assaults, murders, mass shootings, graffiti, vandalism and arson targeting mosques and community centers, muslims and those mistaken for muslims;
  • the promotion of mis-information and false narratives which justify the dehumanization and the othering of a quarter of our global neighbors and 1-2% of our neighbors here in the United States;
  • public fear and public policy shaped by folks whose Arabic vocabulary seems limited to the pejorative misuse of two words expressing key concepts of the Islamic faith: jihad and sharia

 

As Green Party candidates and activists, we have a role as an opposition party to educate ourselves and our communities on issues related to Islamophobia, racism, sexism and gender-identity and to prioritize work to support the struggles of the most vulnerable and marginalized in our communities. We must make an active contribution to the work of defending the human rights of our neighbors. We can build enduring alliances by engaging with the political crisis now present in this country.

On this page we will collect resources useful to our work to engage effectively in challenging the Islamophobia we encounter in the world around us.

Green Party Resources

Islamophobia: Another Social Construction of Racism
Imperialism Justified, Fear Manufactured, Fascism Enabled
A Briefing Paper for Green Party Activists, published April 15, 2017 (13 pages)

Islamophobia: Another Social Construction of Racism
Imperialism Justified, Fear Manufactured, Fascism Enabled
Excerpts from a Green Party Briefing Paper, published April 15, 2017 (trifold)

Other resources 

Kundnani Deconstructs US Anti-Terrorism Policy, video 82 minutes, author of the Muslims are Coming speaks at Charis Books and More, Atlanta Georgia, March 31, 2017.

 

 

Watch this page for additional resources of use to Green Party candidates and activists.

Join a network of Greens Challenging Islamophobia

 

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  • commented 2017-05-05 12:42:27 -0700
    The irrational fear of one religion, holding it to completely different standards than others, warrants designation as a phobia. But I question calling it racism. Compare antisemitism. The modern form takes the view “Once a Jew, always a Jew”; deconversion makes no difference. By contrast, medieval European antisemites considered a Jew redeemed if they converted to Christianity. Similarly, modern Islamophobes celebrate Muslims who deconvert. This makes their attitude more like the religious bigotry of medieval antisemites than the racism of the modern sort.
  • followed this page 2017-05-05 12:28:51 -0700
  • commented 2017-05-02 07:06:29 -0700
    Criticisms of reactionary precepts is not a phobia. There is no requirement on anyone’s part to accept the religion of Islam. Groups, like the PKK, have been subjected to mass murders and repression by Islamic parties and governments because they are secular. The people of Shingal were subjected to mass murder because they have maintained a pre-Islamic indigenous spirituality for centuries. There is a lack of engagement by the Green Party in regards to the character and ideology of the peoples of SW Asia. Apologism for Islamist death squads is as bad as apologism for Mexican mass murders and disappeareds.
  • followed this page 2017-05-02 07:06:24 -0700