10-4-10 - Lecture,10/4/10 MW45:30PM ProfessorBazian

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Lecture, 10/4/10 MW 4-5:30PM Professor Bazian  Asian American Studies 128AC: Muslims in America  - CNN piece: incendiary anti-mosque campaign ad o Renee Ellmers—Republican candidate for North Carolina  o Talk of victory mosques o Muslims and terrorists as interchangeable o Imam as possibly a terrorist o Moral decline in this country o Bob Ethredge—her opponent, not taking a stand and thus the ad - Themes of the piece o Belittling people o Religious discrimination—seen through history, showing emergence of Muslims  as with the Catholics in 19th century and Jews in 20 th  century o Commercial steeped in fear—fear of losing her identity; question of what is the  American identity? Muslims as belonging or not o Willie Horton Commercial in 1988—an African American prisoner released early  and committed a crime; put a face on the democratic party as soft  o Center being built in New York Yet used in number of district where elections are close Wedge issue—intent to peel off support from opposition  Position of Muslims in American society o Now a wedge issue Democratic leaders—against the mosque, do not want to lose the election  campaign Should consider which politicians this fear will help o Muslim politicians running Obscuring fact that they are Muslim Often changing names, downplaying their religious affiliation Seen as liability on the ballot box  - 20 th  century—classification of Arabs, Muslims, Indians o Those from Levant were considered white - 1790 Naturalization Act—to only free white persons  - 1870—African Americans included  - Exclusionary act impacted Muslims and those from Asia - Arabs and Indians argued or classification as white  o Trace roots of these communities to establish o
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2010 for the course NES 18 taught by Professor Kaiser during the Fall '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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10-4-10 - Lecture,10/4/10 MW45:30PM ProfessorBazian

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