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The Coalition Of African American Muslims Respond To Ground Zero Mosque Building Controversy Live

Thursday, September 02, 2010Brother Mustafaa



CAAM Respond to Controversy Surrounding Park 51 Project

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 1:00 PM Eastern
From The National Press Club


Why:The controversy over the Park 51 Project is indicative of a general rise in racist bigotry towards people of color in this country. While the issue has its particular and unique distinctions, it cannot be separated from the rising violence against African Americans and Latinos, or the increasingly inflammatory rhetoric and exclusionary politics driving the national debate on immigration. 
 
As African-American Muslims, we comprise one-third of the overall Muslim community in the United States. However, we feel our unique perspective has been missing from an emerging national discussion. We wish to join that discussion by first of all affirming that among our forbears are Muslims who have lived peacefully and productively in this country since its inception. They, and others among our people have sacrificed too much, both in enduring the horrors and brutalities of chattel slavery, and during the long march to freedom, civil and human rights for us to silently accept a return to Jim Crow exclusionary practices and policies that relegate either ourselves or our coreligionists from other ethnic backgrounds to second-class citizenry.

We commend all of those fair-minded Jews, Christians and members of other faith and ethnic communities who have raised their voices in defense of the constitutional rights of all Americans. We add our voice to theirs and will work for a country that reflects the diversity of its people and extends full and equal rights to all. We believe that united we will stand as a nation, and if the growing divisiveness we are witnessing goes unchallenged, divided we will fall.


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