MuslimARC is an human rights education organization. Our work consists of raising awareness and training Muslim communities on issues of racial justice. In order to uproot racism, we focus on developing and delivering education on internalized, interpersonal, and institutional racism. While the majority of our members are currently in the United States, we stand in solidarity with oppressed people and incorporate global voices because our community is cosmopolitan, reflecting transnational identities with local particularities. In our trainings and workshops, MuslimARC addresses both personal and systemic racism.
Our Areas of Focus for Education
- Internalization of racist and orientalist narratives, which leads to self contempt and embracing policies that discriminate against Muslims.
- Colorism, which affects the values we ascribe to people based on their skin tone.
- Addressing and interrupting implicit bias, which affects how we deal with others.
Major issues of racially discriminatory practices in Muslim communities, including:
- Racial bullying in Islamic schools and youth programs.
- Micro-aggressions that make mosques and Muslim spaces hostiles for members of non-dominant groups.
- Discriminatory practices relating to leadership, including against non-Arab or non-South Asian imams, board members, and/or professional staff.
- Mass Incarceration and Police Brutality: racial disparities and the effects of mass incarceration on Black and Latino communities, contextualizing police brutality and the over-policing of Black communities.
- Immigrant Rights: criminalization of immigrants, human rights abuses in immigration detentions system, deportations for minor infractions, and marginalization of Latino and African immigrants.
- Inner City Poverty: communities of color in urban spaces disproportionately affected by systems with poor education, lack of job prospects, food deserts, violence, over-policing, and poor housing.
- Global White Supremacy: the effects of settler colonialism on indigenous populations in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia; neo-imperialism on non-European countries; and the exploitation of African, Asian, Central and South American labor and resources
- Military Aggression: invasion of non-European countries and bolstering of settler colonialism and oppression of indigenous groups
- Refugee Rights: the rights of displaced populations and issues of humanitarian assistance
In addition, MuslimARC is interested in addressing social disparities and increasing access for communities that are underserved:
- Urban Development
- Immigrant Rights
- Economic Justice
- Environmental Racism
- Food Justice
- Education Access
- Addressing the Criminalization of Communities of Color (police brutality, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and its effects on Black Muslim communities, and mass incarceration)
Lastly, MuslimARC aims to amplify three groups who are marginalized in the discourse on Islam in North America:
- Black Muslims, recognizing the diverse experiences of the African Diaspora that includes descendants of victims of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the Americas, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinos, and African immigrants.
- Latino Muslims, recognizing the diverse identities of people from Central and South America and Spanish-speaking former colonies.
- Muslims who are Refugees, particularly from non-Arab countries such as Cham, Bosnian, Syrian, and Somali communities, who may not have access to the same resources as other groups.