Why We Exist
Since the September 11th attacks, Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities have faced increased discrimination and prejudice. A lack of knowledge about these diverse communities facilitates false stereotypes associating them and Islam with terrorism. The Center for Security, Race and Rights works across racial and religious lines to address the underlying structural and systemic causes of Islamophobia and xenophobia against people of Arab, African, and South Asian descent.
Our work is organized around three themes:
- The contemporary and historical intersection of race and religion in the United States
- Criminalization of Muslim identity through United States and global national security laws and policies
- Transnational rights and security arising from relations between the United States and Muslim majority countries
Through academic research, public education, and advocacy, the Center for Security, Race and Rights supports pluralism, religious freedom, and racial equality.