TEHRAN (IQNA) – The Green Party’s Coordinated Campaign Committee in the United States has released a briefing paper titled “Islamophobia: Another Social Construction of Racism,” in order to fight racism and Islamophobia.
The paper is a guide for use by Green candidates and
The Green Party of the United States (GPUS or Greens) is a
green political party and is the country’s fourth-largest by the membership,
which promotes environmentalism, nonviolence, social justice, participatory
grassroots democracy, gender equality, anti-war and anti-racism, Green Party US
The paper debunks and deconstructs misinformation in the
popular narrative about Muslims and Islam and suggests concrete steps which
Green candidates and activists across the nation can take to defend human
rights and freedoms against unconstitutional encroachment.
“It is great that the Green Party is tackling
Islamophobia head on by using this paper as a tool to debunk many myths and
misconceptions that have plagued so many political party organizations,”
said Farheen Hakeem, former co-chair of the Green Party of the United States
and the first Muslim leader of a national party with FEC recognition in US
“It’s important for folks to read and understand this
paper as we enter a time period where Muslims are targeted perhaps more than
any other group. Post Trump America is more frightening than post 9/11 America
for Muslims,” said Ahmed Eltouny, second vice chair of the Green Party of
New Jersey and alternative delegate to the party’s National Committee.
The paper is a collaboration between two veteran Green Party
organizers. George Friday is former co-chair of the Green Party of North
Carolina, a board member of Move to Amend, a life-long organizer, and longtime
anti-racism trainer. Hugh Esco is current co-chair of the Georgia Green Party
and a two-time candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia.
Esco initiated the project when anti-Muslim rhetoric was on
display during the 2016 presidential election. The paper is built on extensive
research on Islam and deals with the bigoted response to it by reactionary
political forces in the US and Western Europe.
“This nation has a long history of demagogic political
rhetoric. It is a tired old tactic to appeal to voter fears and ignorance which
unfortunately still seems effective at winning elections,” said Esco.
“Those in power have repeatedly appealed to this
nation’s racism to divide working people and to maintain control of the wealth
our labor provides,” said George. “We hope this research will help
Green Party activists across the country interrupt the hateful narrative and
the spectrum of violence it enables.”
The paper summarizes research on a $200 million industry of
propaganda designed to tarnish people based on their faith.