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Saturday, June 25, 2011

My Fellow American

Having a daughter with Down syndrome and being part of the 'special needs' community of 'life' has made me more aware of not only misinformation surrounding her diagnosis, but also of discrimination against those with disabilities. Which of course I will bring awareness and fight against and stand up for my daughter.

Discrimination has always made me uncomfortable whether it be against religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, or nationality. I don't think it's fair, or right, to discrimination a whole section of the population because someone who did something happens to be fill-in-the-blank. I had those same beliefs after 9-11 when there was a lot of Muslim backlash in America. All people who follow one religion in particular should not be discriminated against because of what terrorists did.

My Fellow American is a social media project asking people to pledge and spread the message that Muslims are also 'our fellow Americans.' It "seeks to change the narrative - from Muslims as the other, to Muslims as our fellow Americans.

Here is the trailer for the movie My Fellow American:


The voices heard in the film are actual excerpts found on youtube, and were a small sample of such comments from various public figures, including law makers, radio and television personalities, and leading religious leaders.

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1 comment:

Rika said...

You posting helps me to learn that one of MY perjudices is wrong.. my prejudice what US-Army families think of Islam. I feel a bit ashamed now.. Here in Europe we tend so see Americans a bit too "black and white".
Thanks for sharing!!!