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How the Media Marginalizes Muslims

Anisa Mehdi
Board of Contributors
Feb 13, 2016 | 14:15 GMT
An Indian Muslim devotee offers prayers during Eid al-Adha at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on October 6, 2014. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and in commemoration of Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God.

An Indian Muslim devotee offers prayers during Eid al-Adha at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on October 6, 2014. Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and in commemoration of Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God.

(CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

In his commencement speech at Northwestern University in 2006, then-Senator Barack Obama averted the thinking of graduates from the federal deficit to something more central to the American spirit. "We should talk more about our empathy deficit -- the ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes; to see the world through those who are different from us -- the child who's hungry, the laid-off steelworker, the immigrant woman cleaning your dorm room." It's likely the immigrant was from South America then, but today she might have been from Somalia. Or Syria. And we're trying to keep her out because we are growing frightened -- as a nation -- of Muslims. There are many forces pushing us in that direction. Consciously or unconsciously the news media is among them....

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