With the escalation of Washington’s war on terror, America’s
Muslim community is increasingly demonized and its basic civic rights
threatened. This is the main message from a recent symposium on "Discrimination against Muslim Americans in a Post-9/11 World."
This would not have been a surprising conclusion from some big city liberal
institution, but it is all the more significant coming from the Law School of
Washington and Lee University, a small, elite Southern institution in
Lexington, VA, proud of its heritage and traditions.
"Discrimination against Muslim Americans is just part of the larger picture
of discrimination against minorities in this country," said Monica Tulchinsky, a
third year student in international human rights and one of the student
organizers of the forum, explaining why they had chosen this theme.