Muslim Americans Tell Their Side of the Story With Beautiful Photos on Twitter

Muslim American Faces
[Photos via Twitter #MuslimAmericanFaces]

by Mona Latif 

Recent ISIS/ISIS-inspired attacks in San Bernardino and abroad has anti-Muslim rhetoric at an all time high. Between Donald Trump calling on a ban of all Muslims entering the U.S. and for the closing of mosques, it’s a difficult time to be a Muslim American. In an effort to combat the backlash, Muslim Americans are pushing back by tweeting photos under the hashtag #MuslimAmericanFaces.

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Started by Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, the hashtag asks people to tweet three photos of Muslim Americans that they know. The purpose of the hashtag is to help create a better understanding of the actual Muslim American community rather than the image of Muslim American that is perpetually being showcased in the media:

Since his tweets, the hashtag has gone viral. Thousands of Muslim Americans from all walks of life have posted photos of themselves and others The tweets feature athletes, students, children, lawyers and much more.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the top posts:

We would love to see your Muslim American! Tweet us @BrownGirlMag with your very own photo and caption.

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Mona LatifMona Latif is a marketing manager by day and wannabe fashionista/writer by night. Born and raised in Chicago, she has her Bachelors in Mass Communications and Marketing along with a Masters in Management. Growing up, she was extremely artistic. She would draw, paint, write, and even make her own clothes. Sure, she loves to write and dress well but the reality is, she is just a normal, ethnic, sassy, sarcastic and free spirited girl from Chicago, IL, who is trying to navigate life day by day (and maybe even inspire a person or two). Although she is grateful for the road she’s been on so far, she is, even more, excited to see what the future has in store.
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