16 June 2011

My Fellow Americans...

I received an email this week from Elizabeth at Unity Productions Foundation about a worthy project that is right in line with the type of globalism we practice here at SoundRoots. I'll let them explain in their own words:

My Fellow American is an online film and social media project that calls upon concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans. It asks people of other backgrounds
to pledge, and share a real life story about a Muslim friend, neighbor, or colleague that they admire. Using the power of social media, My Fellow American seeks to change the narrative – from Muslims as the other, to Muslims as our fellow Americans.

Most Americans have never met an American Muslim. Many only know Muslims through the way they are portrayed in the media. American Muslims are so often vilified as “the other” that it is possible not to recognize that most were born in the U.S. Or that those who immigrated here came seeking the same freedoms and opportunities that have always attracted people to America.

Muslims are our fellow Americans, who today face threats to their civil rights and even their personal safety because of the fearful and often hateful rhetoric that would not be tolerated were it uttered about any other minority group.

...and with their own powerful video:


I have reservations about the unrelenting negativity of the video's soundtrack. I understand the juxtaposition they're aiming for, but personally I would have like to hear some positive with the negative, which could make a more compelling message. I know, I know: I should submit my own video. Perhaps I will. My own experience with Muslim friends and acquaintances has been nothing but enriching, so I'll work on that. In the meantime, check out the My Fellow American website, and do your own part to foster appreciation and tolerance. Even if you're not American.

Website: http://www.myfellowamerican.us
Follow on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MyFellowAmericanProject
Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/usmuslimstories

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