CAIR-MI Rep Participates on Panel Discussion on Racialization of Muslims in Media at Islam in America Conference

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CAIR-MI Rep Participates on Panel Discussion on Racialization of Muslims in Media at Islam in America Conference
(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 9/26/2011) ­- A representative of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) recently participated on a panel discussion about racialized depictions of Muslims in American media at the Conference on Islam in America at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill.

CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid gave opening remarks and moderated a panel discussion titled, “Media: The Face of Islam in America: Racialization and Space in the Media,” which focused on Muslims being framed as being exotic or foreign to the American experience or as being hyper-apologetic relating to events involving Muslims outside of America.

Other panelists included Atiya Husain (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill), Zareena Grewal (Yale University), Mike Ghouse (Foundation for Pluralism) and Angela Maly (University of Colorado).

The two day conference, which was attended by academics, religious leaders, activists and journalists from across the country was also viewed by some 30,000 professors and students at universities in America and abroad.

“We welcome such opportunities to engage academics and journalists in discussing the diversity within Muslims and Islamic thought to help dispel stereotypes in media,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: dwalid@cair.com

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