Sunday, July 21, 2013

Invisible Victims: What is it like to be a Muslim in a post-9/11 United States?

By Namo Abdulla - for Rudaw


New York - “I used to live by a credo when I was a kid,” says Imam Samuel Incarnacion, a religious leader living in the town of Fallsburg in New York. “It’s baseball, hot dog, apple pie and Chevrolet.”

 Here is how he describes his life after 9/11: “what they call a moderate Muslim, to an Islamist to an extremist, they paint us with one brash: we are all terrorists, that we are all potential terrorists…If I get stopped four times a year by one police agency or another, it’s too little. I get a call from FBI at least twice a year.”

“Invisible Victims” is a documentary I've produced for Rudaw in the United States. It chronicles stories of several Muslims who have witnessed or been subjected to direct discrimination in the US.

 In 2011, the Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of investigative reports that revealed the New York Police Department (NYPD) had been spying on Muslims for more than six years.

While the NYPD says its investigations were aimed at stopping terrorism, the New York Police Department's secret Demographics Unit said in August 2012 that its spying activities “ never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation,” according to the Associated Press.

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