Wednesday CNN’s “Newsroom,” senior editor from the The Islamic Monthly and former National Legal Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Arsalan Iftikhar, who recently accused Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) of “trying to scrub some of the brown off his skin,” said hate crimes and “Islamophobia is real and growing in America today” because of Hollywood.
Iftikhar said, “Not just ‘American Sniper’ with Bradley Cooper, but if you look at Hollywood’s overall depiction of Muslims and Arabs after 9/11. Whether it’s the show ‘Homeland’ on Showtime with Claire Danes, or the Fox show ’24’ with Kiefer Sutherland, we have seen this ongoing narrative as the proverbial boogie man, the bad brown people next door. And we are starting to see that resonate in terms of hate crimes, and with America Muslims being one of the most hated demographic groups in the United States today. Islamophobia is real and growing in America today.”
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