In this Q & A episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse and AnnaMarie delve more deeply into the topics discussed in Muslims & Media: An Exploration of How Biased Depictions Contribute to Islamophobia in America. They discuss how media spin can act as a weapon and a catalyst for the perpetration of Islamaphobia in America, especially since the media portrays information about Islam that is against the true teachings of the faith. Daralyse and AnnaMarie also discuss how the media amplifies and magnifies certain identity markers of Muslim and Muslim-identified individuals. This is misleading. Islam is not a monolithic religion and there is a wide spectrum of observance and interpretation. There are individual ways of practicing one's religion and spirituality, and the American media does not do a good job of depicting nuance.
In this episode, Daralyse and AnnaMarie talk about the importance of allyship and urge listeners to be upstanders, as opposed to bystanders.
In the listener participation portion, listeners ask questions and share insights that will inspire you to think more deeply about the intersectionality of identity. As you listen, you may begin to think about how you can practice de-centering your own experience and to recognize there is no “norm,” but rather a spectrum of faiths, ideologies, and practices.
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Resources to explore
Demystifying Diversity: Embracing Our Shared Humanity by Daralyse Lyons Buy the Book
Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing Up With Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Parents by Noelle Howey, Ellen Samuels, Margarethe Cammermeyer and Dan Savage Buy the Book
CAIR Website https://www.cair.com/
Muslims and the Making of America by Amir Hussain Buy the Book
I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim, a series of essays written by 40 American Muslim women. Buy the Book
Suzanne Barakat's Ted Talk – Islamophobia killed my brother. Let's end the hate Watch the Video
George Bush's Speech Read Text