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SEIRN's Statement on Islamophobia 

No to Islamophobia

The Southeast Immigrant Rights Network stands in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters and strongly condemns the incendiary anti-Muslim rhetoric that is unleashing an intensified wave of Islamophobia in this country.

We are deeply troubled by recent comments that propose restricting Muslims from entering the country on the basis of their religion, as well as the political discourse against admitting Syrian refugees.  History is replete with examples of the tragic consequences of political figures demonizing and scapegoating specific communities to build their political careers. Demonizing Muslims in order to gain political support is immoral and dangerous, because it incites distrust and fear amongst neighbors and communities, it fuels hate crimes and violence, and threatens us all.

As immigrants and immigrant allies in the Southeast, we stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters and denounce this dangerous xenophobic wave. We refuse to stand by and say or do nothing about this because we know from experience that our silence would make us complicit: an attack on one community is an attack on us all.  

We urge everyone to educate themselves and become allies to the Muslim community. We’re sharing a post by Sofia Ali-Khan, who encourages all of us to take action to actively stand in solidarity with the Muslim community. We can take actions, such as talking to our kids because “They're picking up on the anti-Muslim message. Make sure they know how you feel and talk to them about what they can do when they see bullying or hear hate speech at school,” and “Out yourself as someone who won’t stand for Islamophobia, or will stand with Muslims—there is an awful lot of hate filling the airways, and there are an awful lot of people with access to the media and/or authority stirring the pot about Muslims. Please help fill that space with support instead. Post, write, use your profile picture or blog to voice your support.”

SEIRN is firmly #standingwithMuslims, and we urge you to join us. #WeAreBetterThanThis.

Original post by Sofia Ali-Khan:


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