Journalists Ayman Mohyeldin and Rowaida Abdelaziz recalled their experiences as journalists and the challenges they face in the field– not only because of their Muslim faith and identity, but mostly in an effort to contextualize the nuanced and complex identities of the diverse Muslim communities. “The crux of Islamophobia is that it doesn’t only just impact Muslims, it has racialized Muslim identity to the extent that it impacts people who are perceived to be Muslims,” Abdelaziz said. “If you are brown-ish or you are assumed to have any type of ties to the Islamic identity that suddenly makes you a villain in some way, a lesser human.” Mohyeldin and Abdelaziz joined PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz on Sept. 8 for a conversation about Muslim journalists working in a post-9/11 world.
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