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Social media helped bring about changes in North Africa and the Middle East. Muslims in America are also utilizing these tools to help shape their narratives.
My Fellow American, an online film and social media project calls upon concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans.
Citizens are asked to send videos or share stories about a Muslim friend, neighbor, or colleague that they admire. The short film aims to show Muslims as part of the fabric of American society, trying to break down some of the stereotypes that currently dominate the mainstream discourse.
Tina Crawford, a college professor dedicating her message to all of her Muslim-American students, says: “I’m a professor, and I have been privileged to work with and get to know many Muslim-Americans... I have seen your courage, your wisdom and your strength, and I have been honored and impressed... I have been particularly saddened when you have told me about the discrimination that you have faced. Yet through it all each of you has remained hopeful for a bright future and a better world. Thank you for allowing me into your world and thank you for the many lessons you have taught me! “
This project is created by Unity Productions Foundation. UPF produces documentary films for both television broadcast and theatrical release, and implements long-term educational campaigns aimed at increasing understanding between people of different faiths and cultures, especially between Muslims and other faiths.