Teaching “Muslim Americans” in Texas, the Hotbed of Islamophobia

Dr. Craig Considine

“Armed and Vigilant: In Fear of a Muslim Uprising in Texas.” That is that title of a recent Al Jazeera mini-documentary on YouTube. The clip delves into the inflammatory anti-Muslim sentiment bubbling up in Texas. In the video, Tania Rashid, an Al Jazeera reporter, talks to David Wright, a member of the Bureau on American-Islamic Relations, or BAIR, an obvious mockery of the advocacy group CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Wright told Rashid: “A lot of us here are using either pigs’ blood or bacon grease on our bullets, packing it in the middle, so that when you shoot a Muslim, they go straight to hell. That’s what they believe in their religion.”

As I highlighted in a recent publication, hardly anyone flinched after Wright incited violence against Muslims. Nobody questioned where Wright had been radicalized. There were no hearings on Capitol Hill to discuss “Christian crusaders” or “white supremacists.” Essentially…

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