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14-year old’s arrest over a clock: a teaching moment

Hatem Bazian, senior lecturer, Near Eastern studies and Ethnic studies | September 16, 2015

The arrest of 14-year old Ahmed Mohamed at the Independent School District in Irving, Texas illustrates the pervasiveness and normalization of Islamophobic responses that assume guilt before innocence. In this incident, Ahmed’s school principal, Dan Cummings, informed parents in a letter that the police were called to the campus in response to a “suspicious-looking item.” He assured parents … Continue reading »

From Street Harassment to Stop & Frisk: The Need for More Inclusive Public Space

Stephen Menendian, assistant director, Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley | November 23, 2014

A recent video produced by “Hollaback!”, an organization focused on ending street harassment, has sparked a national conversation about the issue. Filmed from a hidden camera, the short video, which now has over 36 million views, shows a young woman, dressed casually, walking through New York City and receiving over a hundred unwanted passes over … Continue reading »