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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.


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.


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)