Trayvon Martin and The American Muslim Response


martinhoodieDonna A. Auston, PhD Student of Anthropology at Rutgers University radio interview on the response or lack thereof of American Muslim organizations, religious leaders and members of the community in the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.  Donna points out how only certain sociopolitical issues seem to garner the emphatic condemnation or calls for action by the Muslim community while other issues especially when it comes to race in America receive tepid responses at best. Donna places the death of Trayvon in its present and historical context and draws parallels to the death of Emmet Till in the 1950’s.  Many Muslims who converted at that time have stated in interviews that the murder of Till by racist southerners, and subsequent social issues of the time, was the impetus for them to come into Islam because Muslims of the day were an integral part of a vanguard of voices for social change. Interview conducted on WURD-AM Philadelphia by Radio Hostess and University of Pennsylvania Muslim Chaplain Kameelah Mu’min Rashad

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  1. Aqil Shakur July 29, 2013

    I’ve noticed the same. Very quite on the horizon when issues concerning Black folk hits the press. I made it my personal responsibity to highlight the injustices in the Martin murder on social media. I also pointed out to Muslim friends and movers and shakers how quite they’ve been concerning this and other issues concern Blacks and the disenfranchised.


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