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History of Hate & Discrimination in America

This guide explores topics related to social justice, discrimination, hate crimes, civil rights, marginalized societies, people of color, and their history in America.

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In 2015, the community of Islamberg discovered that a Tennessee minister was plotting the deadliest attack on US soil since 9/11 against their village. Why have Americans heard nothing about him, and why has the safety of their community been ignored? On 10 April 2015, the FBI quietly arrested Robert Doggart, a white, 63-year-old Christian minister after they discovered he was plotting an attack against Islamberg, a small African American Muslim community in upstate New York. Inspired by Fox News claims that the community was a terrorist training camp, Doggart discussed firebombing a mosque and a school in the village, and using assault rifles and a machete to murder the residents. No terrorism charges were brought against Doggart. No national news outlets covered his arrest, and one month after he was taken into custody, a judge released him on bail. As Doggart's case went before an all-white jury, White Fright cross-examined the US’s inconsistent system of national security, the media’s role in exacerbating terrorist threats, and the failure to protect vulnerable communities from racist attacks.

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Islam has millions of adherents in the United States. Yet, for many non-Muslim Americans, the religion remains shrouded in mystery—and even fear. Modeled on town hall discussions, this ABC News program features a panel of experts and activists who sift through the challenges surrounding Islam in post-9/11 America. Moderator Christiane Amanpour speaks with Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and a leading organizer behind the planned New York City mosque and Islamic community center; Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in TehranRobert Spencer of Jihad Watch; Peter Gadiel of the 9/11 Families for a Secure America Foundation; Donna Marsh O’Connor of the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows; Reza Aslan, author of No God But God and Beyond Fundamentalism; and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of Nomad. (45 minutes)