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Anti-Islam ads on San Francisco buses put Muslims at risk

Anti-Islam ads on San Francisco buses put Muslims at risk Hatem Bazian, Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project Silicon Valley Mercury News, 9/8/12 Dr. Hatem Bazian, Director of the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project, recently submitted an op-ed to the Silicon Valley Mercury News about the recent controversial, anti-Islam ads currently on San Francisco public buses.  Here’s an excerpt:  Ads running on San Francisco municipal buses, paid for by noted anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller and her American Freedom Defense Initiative, have sparked controversy about hate speech and fears they could stoke more violence against the American Muslim community. The ads come at a time when American Muslims have suffered at least nine attacks across the nation over a two-week period in August. The advertisements, cribbed from an Ayn Rand quote, state: “In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man. Support Israel, Defeat Jihad.” The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified the American Freedom Defense Initiative as a hate group. The outcry has focused on discrimination against adherents of Islam, and rightly so. On Aug. 10, pigs’ feet were strewed on the lawn of a mosque in Ontario, while Muslim worshipers in Hayward were pelted by oranges and lemons as they walked into prayer. In Illinois, an acid bomb was thrown at an Islamic school and shots were fired at a mosque. In both cases, worshipers...

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Michael Jackson in/as U.S. Popular Culture

On October 1, 2009, the Center for Race & Gender hosted the national symposium, “Michael Jackson: Critical Reflection on a Life & A Phenomenon.”  Inspired by the rich papers and performances at this event, UC Berkeley professors Tamara Roberts (Department of Music) and Brandi Wilkins Catanese (African American Studies & Department of Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies) were invited to edit a special issue of the Journal on Popular Music Studies (vol 23, issue 1) focusing on Michael Jackson’s extensive and transformative cultural production. This exciting issue, “Michael Jackson in/as U.S. Popular Culture,” is now available online and features a wide variety of topics about...

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Skin Color Politics Featured In New York Times

Center for Race & Gender Director, Prof. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, was recently interviewed by the New York Times on the political and cultural significance of skin color and color bias. CRG produced an anthology, Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters, featuring research from the 2005 CRG Conference, Hierarchies of Color. Learn more by listening to the conference audio and reading the feature in FaultLines). All proceeds from the anthology help fund CRG grants for student...

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Reload: Share Your Thoughts with Professor Kim

Over the past two decades, the world has changed dramatically as global capitalism moves production, people, technologies, and ideas over borders around the globe. New formations and new communities have emerged everywhere. Now there are many more Asians from diverse backgrounds living all over the world, including in the U.S. American people are becoming more racially mixed than ever, and old notions of race, gender, and identity have been called into question. How does today’s Hollywood reflect these changes? What is new and what’s been recycled? What interventions are being made in Asian American independent films and new media?...

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