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The Truth with Hasan Minhaj - Sikh Temple Shooting, Missouri Mosque Burning
12013-06-01T10:41:45-07:00Gabriel Peters-Lazaro3bc3965831120bc593545fef6d0da73657e21ea06105Minhaj has a message for us after the 2012 gurdwara & mosque shootings: "If you want to learn more about Sikhs and Muslims, go outside. Ask. We are a part of the community. We are your neighbors, we go to school with you."plain2015-03-02T09:42:33-08:00YouTube2012-08-09T19:16:35.000ZvideoNousD6QgFZUComedygoatfacecomedyRitesh Mehtaf6bb7237e7d4a245c56fe5016bb295dc579e3d58
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A growing number of American Muslim youth aspire to produce and share media. For many of them, this aspiration connects to ongoing politicized struggles around how Muslims and Islam are viewed in Post 9/11 America. As the youth tap new media resources to reshape the communication environment and create new images of what it means to be Muslim in America, they simultaneously confront the chilling effects of various forms of surveillance, which encourage self-censorship. The silencing power of these concerns about surveillance becomes particularly potent in the context of networks that support expression of diverse narratives, free discussion of issues and the formation of loosely defined communities that bypass more controlled organizational structures.
See Sangita Shresthova's By Any Media Necessary chapter, Storytelling and Surveillance, to learn more about this group of young people and their engagement in participatory politics.
How might identity groups use media to react to, reshape, or even control the narrative being constructed about them in mainstream media? We are seeing many of the groups we study -- but especially the DREAM activists and the American Muslim networks respond quickly to news stories or popular culture programming that they feel places them in a negative light. They are using their collective capacities to pull together information, critique representation, construct alternative narratives, and get them into circulation, often in ways that commands the attention of major news organizations. In part, these strategies work because of the ways they are able to quickly mobilize dispersed and decentralized networks that are invested in helping them spread content.
Real World Example:The video about the Sikh temple shooting addresses a serious issue related to a marginalized population while also complicating national definitions of “Islamic” identity.
Hasan Minhaj opens the piece with “this is the truth”. He uses logical reasoning and explicit examples to construct an argument for how the shooting is doubly tragic: not just in the deaths but also in the complete lack of national attention. He says the only people responding are “brown, social Asian community” and then identifies specific names to make it more relatable and then generalizes it by claiming “black community has been talking about this for years”. He addresses both minorities and the white population.
For the former he calls on them to Mobilize, stop the hate, address the fact that white, racist domestic terrorist are more of an issue that islamic terrorism. For the later population, he calls on them to be open and talked with Sikh members of the community to learn the nuances of culture and not assume they’re Muslim. Stylistically he uses classical music, costume, and settings to create an aire of a cultured individual and lend credibility (doubled through a layer of parody) to his perspective.
Ask Some Conversation Starter Questions.
Here are some questions you can ask to get a conversation about remix started in your community.
Thinking back on media you have made in the past, did you have a particular agenda (or reason behind making it)? What were you trying to achieve?
How do you determine whether media you encounter has a particular agenda? Does this affect how you react to it? Can you think of examples?
How you react if the agenda is explicit vs. implicit to the media you encounter? Can you think of an example of each of these?
Looking to Start Your Own Conversation?
If the HitRecord Agenda Shifting video and information contained here inspired you to action, you may want reach to the original call for submissions that inspired this video to be made in the first place. While the deadline for submissions has expired, you are always free to create your own responses to it!