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Islam in a post-Obama America

// November 23rd, 2009 // 3 Comments » // Everything Else, Making Arab

This is Nabil.

This is Nabil.

Last week, my thirteen year-old sister’s Middle School received a bomb threat. Thankfully, it was just a prank. During my tenure at Loganville High School, we also received bomb threats.  However, my experiences and my sister’s experiences were totally different.  My school got threatened BEFORE 9/11/2001.  My sister’s school got threatened right after the Fort Hood Shootings.  Bomb threats are nothing new to public schools in America.  They’re very serious, but most of the time they’re just pranks to get out of taking tests or what-have-you.  And that’s exactly how I remember them: nonthreatening.  My sister, on the other hand, felt very different about them.

My thirteen-year-old sister was harassed and made-fun-of by many of the other students at her school.  Their first response to the bomb threat? It must have been my sister because she is Arab and Muslim.  A couple of students even approached her directly, calling her a “Muslim Terrorist” and a “Bitch”.  Okay, so maybe the second name is just something kids do – but the first one is very troubling. My sister came home that night, crying her eyes out, because the negative perceptions of Islam have gotten so mainstream and universally accepted that even school children are spreading them. I really wished my sister hadn’t experienced that ridicule, but it’s something that many American Muslims are experiencing.

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THANK YOU!!!

// January 29th, 2009 // No Comments » // Making Arab

Y'all Rawk!

Y'all Rawk!

I just wanted to thank everyone for voting in the Link TV One Nation Many Voices Film Competition!  We have OFFICIALLY made it as a finalist!  Thanks to your hard work, we’ll be judged against 24 the other top films for the top spot!

We wouldn’t have made it this far without all your hard voting work and I just wanted to let you guys know that we’re indebted to you all!  If you need anything – let us know.

(Colin is good at doing dishes, Tim is good at changing tires, Tom likes to vaccum, and Mike is good at looking important!)

Look out in March when they declare the winners!  Hopefully Arab in America will be on television!  Yay!

-Nabil

3AM EST IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO VOTE

// January 16th, 2009 // No Comments » // Making Arab

We Can Do It!!!

We Can Do It!!!

I know you guys are really sick of all my posts about this Film Contest, but something’s happening…  I don’t know if it was my last post, or if it was the amazing prowess of one of our dedicated fans, but Arab in America is now 3 places away from making it into the FINALS!!!  I don’t know how we jumped 20 films in less than a day, but it happened, and it’s AMAZING!!!

We are so close to making Arab in America a finalist in the One Nation Many Voices Film Competition!  So, please, if you haven’t voted yet, please go to http://www.linktv.org/onenation/films/view/419 and sign up to Link TV and VOTE 5 Stars!!!!

If you’d like to leave a comment, that’d be fantastic too!  I want to thank everyone who’s voted and commented so far!!!  And if you’ve already voted, you can sign up and vote again with another email address I guess (wink, wink) -OR- you can email the link to a bunch of friends and get them to do it…  We’re SOOO Close!!!  We can do it!

-Nabil