Faiza Patel: Muslim Americans Are Building an Infrastructure to Protect Themselves

Vox Populi

This election season has been an anxious time for Muslim Americans. After the election, my Facebook feed was filled with Muslim mothers wondering how to explain to their children that the new president is a man who had proposed requiring them to register with the government and called for a ban on people of their faith coming to the United States.

As we try to absorb what this election means, we must contend with how Muslims have been cast. For the president-elect, we are either terrorists or terrorist sympathizers, who are conflated with the threat of “radical Islam.” For the most part, Democrats too see Muslim Americans through a narrow counterterrorism lens.

Hillary Clinton almost always talked about the Muslim community as the country’s eyes and ears, to make sure it rings the alarm on terrorists in its midst. Of course, as studies have shown, Muslims have an exemplary record…

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