United States of Islamophobia

…the companies who pulled their ads include Lowe’s, Bank of America, the Campbell Soup Co., Dell, Estee Lauder, General Motors, Goodyear, Green Mountain Coffee, McDonalds, Sears, and Wal-Mart. So many don’t give your money to those companies this holiday season? Or call Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock at (704) 758-2084 or Executive Support Mr. Andrew Kilby at (866) 900-4650 and let them know what you think about this decision (keep it respectful, please).

                     Ads pulled from All-American Muslim

Of course, the wellspring of Islamophobia & anti-Muslim racism in the US is the state itself. Infiltration of mosques, mapping, surveillance, the many entrapments through a network of informants, witch-hunts, harassment of Muslims by various policing agencies, profiling at airports, coercive immigration policies, detentions and deportations of Muslim immigrants, fascist initiatives such as Special Registrations, racist discourses such as paternalist outreach to Muslims *to fight terror*, not treating hate crimes by members of the society as such, mostly-Muslim to Muslim-only gulags at home and abroad; the list of state’s hate crimes against Muslims, both at home and abroad, but especially those who are ‘out of place,’ is long. So go ahead and boycott Lowe’s, Sears, GM, etc. It needs to be done. Islamophobia needs to be fought on many fronts. But never, never forget the state’s role as the vanguard of Islamophobia.

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