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What Islamophobia Is Doing to American Children

Sep 21, 2016 | 16 videos
Video by The Atlantic

As an Iranian-American comedian, Maz Jobrani focuses most of his material on how people misunderstand Middle Easterners in America. With Trump’s call to ban Muslims and increasing debate around ISIS, he’s had plenty of material to work with. Anti-Muslim sentiment has grown since 9/11. According to a 2015 YouGov/Huffington Post poll, 55 percent of Americans hold an unfavorable view of Islam. In the same year, for the first time in U.S. history, the FBI began collecting data on anti-Arab hate crimes. In this interview filmed at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival, Jobrani discusses how xenophobia is affecting American kids.

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Authors: Leah Varjacques, Nicolas Pollock

About This Series

Insights and perspectives from the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival