Constructing the terrorist threat Islamophobia, the media & the War on Terror

Streaming video - 2017

Deepa Kumar, one of the natiońђةs foremost scholars on Islamophobia, looks at how Muslims have become the predominant face of terror in U.S. news and entertainment media -- even though terror attacks by white extremists have far outnumbered attacks by Muslim Americans since 9/11.Arguing that racialized threats have long been used to induce moral panics and advance anti-democratic policies, Kumar explores how ruling elites have been raising the specter of Arab and Islamic terror since the 197...0s to justify militarism, war, and curbs on civil liberties. From the Iran-Hostage Crisis in 1979 to the ́ђجwar on terroŕђح after 9/11 to the rise of ISIS today, she argues that Americans have been taught to fear Muslims out of all proportion to reality, presenting a wealth of eye-opening data about the actual threat level posed by Muslim terrorists in the United States. Constructing the Terrorist Threat offers a clear-headed assessment of terrorism that couldńђةt be more timely and urgent given the politics of fear that now dominate our political landscape.

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Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Media Education Foundation 2017.
2017.
Language
English
Item Description
Lecture given at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Physical Description
1 online resource (streaming video file) (55 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Playing Time
00:55:00
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Audience
Grade 9-adult.
Production Credits
Written by Deepa Kumar. Directed by Sut Jhally. Executive Producer: Sut Jhally. Producers: Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp, Jason Young. Editor: Jason Young. Director of Photography: David Rabinovitz.
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Other Authors
Deepa Kumar, 1968- (author), Sut Jhally, director (producer), Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp