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Who Made it OK to Hate Muslims?

Barack Obama, US Election 2016, birthers, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Obama is a Muslim, Islamophobia, hate crimes, Colin Powell, 9/11

© Ken Graff

September 29, 2016 10:54 EDT

When will Muslims stop being fodder in the American political process?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s now famous “I think Islam hates us” barb is fitting for his role as the loudest Islamophobe in mainstream politics. However, since the 9/11 attacks, Muslim-bashing has become a staple of the American political scene and a sure way to win votes.

In his 2008 presidential campaign, the “M-word” was one the most persistent allegations thrown at Barack Obama by his opponents. Yet it is not just the derogatory use of the word “Muslim” that is insulting—it is the attempt to distance oneself from, and defend against it.

As former US Secretary of State Colin Powell so pointedly asked in an interview: “Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?”

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Photo Credit: Ken Graff

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