Thursday, May 16, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
New Haven students interview Register's Community Engagement Editor
One man truly believes this statement. In fact, he was the one who said it. Mr. Shahid Abdul-Karim, a reporter for the New Haven Register, paid a visit to High School in the Community last Friday.
"I think he was very intelligent and inspiring. He showed that going beyond what's expected of you may be scary at first but if you have faith in yourself, everything will fall into place", said sophomore Shainah Andrews. Shainah, as well as the other members of the class, was full o questions and listened very attentively while Shahid talked.
He is the current Community Engagement Editor at the New Haven Register. Although he loves New Haven and says "I see New Haven as a very unique city" and that it has it's "very good points and very low points", Shahid is not originally from New Haven; nor is he from Connecticut. Mr. Abdul-Karim was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
"People in Baton Rouge love their sports", said Shahid. As well as their coffee. According to him, Baton Rouge has its own brand of coffee and as a child his family drank all sorts of coffee, he was always around it.
Coffee was such a big part of his childhood that Shahid told us "I actually wanted to own a coffee shop." He had no intention of becoming an editor. He had no intention of moving to Connecticut.
At a conference in Atlanta, Shahid met his first wife; who was from New Haven. They were soon married and moved to New Haven. He didn't want to go back to Baton Rogue.
It's funny how one simple thing, such as meeting someone at a conference, could change a person's life.
Once Shahid started writing and becoming a journalist, he realized he loved it. He believes that it is very important to give people a voice that don't usually have a voice. Journalism did that for him.
"If this is what you love to do, then there's no boundaries." Even though he is the one of the few blacks at the New Haven Register and the only black editor, Shahid never let it limit him. He always puts 100 percent effort and never lets criticism effect him.
"My advice to teens everywhere is to be yourself and don't allow the influence of your environment dictate how you're going to live...Don't be scared to stand up for yourself."
Mr. Karim, when asked how he sees New Haven, said “I see New Haven as a very unique city there is a lot of diversity in New Haven. It has very good points and very low points as in every other city and by having this job I became attracted to New Haven.”
Shahid is community engaging editor for the new haven register. As a community engaging editor he does varies things such as coming to a high school to talk to high school kids. He went to Springfield, Massachusetts colleges, he went to college for human services and journalism although Shahid could not give a direct statement of what is human services.
When Shahid was a teenager he want to Naples, Italy to travel with his father overseas because he was a bad child or what not, and when he was in Italy that’s when he realized he wanted to change his life around.
Shahid did not want to be a community engaging editor at first he wanted to own a coffee shop. Shaid has been married twice and he has 2 kids. Shahid best talent is that he is a people person, he is not afraid to talk or give speeches, and he writes well.
Shahid stated a quote “if he is not afraid to write it then editors are not afraid to write it” meaning if he is not taken back or afraid to write a story, then is editors are not afraid to publish it. Shahid did an amazing job publicy speaking to us about his life and job and what is like.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tom Wise on: Terrorism and Privilege: Understanding the Power of Whiteness
"As the nation weeps for the victims of the horrific bombing in Boston yesterday, one searches for lessons amid the carnage, and finds few. That violence is unacceptable stands out as one, sure. That hatred — for humanity, for life, or whatever else might have animated the bomber or bombers — is never the source of constructive human action seems like a reasonably close second,"
Connecticut Muslims concerned about profiling after Boston bombings
But some in mainstream media have alluded to this idea.
Mansour, 21, a junior and psychology major at Southern Connecticut State University and president of the Muslim Student Association, said conscious Muslims don’t commit acts of terror or violence.
“Boston was a sad tragedy, and I hoped the bombing would not be blamed on Muslims, because after 9/11 things went downhill for us,” said Mansour, who is a native of Egypt.
“People are against Islam, because they have these stereotypes of all Muslims being terrorist or violent people, and that is not the case,” she said. “We are Muslims Americans and we feel the pain too, but because we cover in America, which is against the odds; we are labeled,”
The word Muslim is defined as one who submits to God, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary.
On Monday, twin bombs at the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 170 and federal officials have said the investigation is ongoing and officially have said there are no known suspects.
After 9/11 Muslims fell under racial and ethnic scrutiny and some Muslims in America have said they are tired of being profiled when the word terror or terrorist is used in the media.
“This is the extreme of profiling and being guilty by association is wrong,” said Ayesha K. Mustafaa, editor of the Muslim Journal.
“People looking for the Muslim element, which is very stereotypical, we need to remove that adjective and look for the terrorist not the Muslim,” Mustafaa said. “In the case of Adam Lanza, they are not going to say Christian terrorist, because they don’t want to demonize their religion. If you demonize one, you have to demonize all, and they are not going to demonize white supremacy groups because they belong to mainstream America.”
“The masses are not knowledgeable about Islam and because of their ignorance it allows people to condemn Islam, without understanding that everyone in the east that wears a robe, a beard, or a kufi, many of them are not Muslims,” said Muhammad, who promoted Muhammad Ali and Manny Pacquiao. “We don’t say priests who have sex with little boys are all bad, we can’t condemn all Catholics.”
Muhammad also noted that the racial and ethnic profiling most Arab Americans are experiencing, are what African Americans have been challenged with over 400 years.
“What the Arab community is feeling is the pressure of what African Americans and African American Muslims have been going through in this country for years,” he said. “They are the new niggers in America and none of us can escape being a nigger in white America.”
In Boston, officials have confirmed that a pressure cooker was used as the explosive in the attack on Tuesday and President Barack Obama branded the attack an act of terrorism.
Although no known killer or killers have been identified and no chatter on websites of so-called extreme Islamic groups, CNN reported, officials have also noted that pressure cookers are often used in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal — where the pots are more commonly used for cooking. But they have also been prominent in bombings and attempts in the United States, especially in New York in Times Square in 2010 and Grand Central Terminal in 1976, according to news reports.
In Al Qaeda’s online magazine, there’s an article titled: “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom” by “The AQ Chef,” It mentions, even recommends, pressure cookers, noting that weak explosives only work with the high pressure of a cooker or sealed pipe, according to the Associated Press.
Quinnipiac journalism Professor Rich Hanley has said the media should take care in using identifiers.
“The media shouldn’t cherry pick of who they identify in terms of motivation, identity of religion, ethnicity or racial vocabulary,” Hanley, who also is the graduate journalism program director, said earlier this year.
“A person of color or Arab decent tends to be the motivation behind the act of the media; to link religion to a person’s name,” he said earlier this year. “It’s part of the instinct to report that way in the heat of the moment to stereotypes. However, white kids are linked to video games, other consumer products, and the role of movies as opposed to religion,”
But Southern Connecticut State University student Inam Chater, who is Syrian, said she thinks Muslims will always be racially profiled and be called jihadist.
“Whenever you hear Muslim it’s a terrorist, a black or Latino, it’s a gang member, but when it’s someone white, it’s mental illness or disorder,” said Chater, 18, who also is a member of the Muslims Student Association.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations on Tuesday called for Fox news to sever ties with its contributor Erik Rush, after Rush tweeted his “kill them all” comment when asked, about Boston, “Are you already blaming Muslims?” He responded, “Yes, they’re evil. Let’s kill them all.” Rush later deleted his tweet, calling it “sarcasm.” In subsequent tweets, he called critics of the “kill” comment “idiots,” “Islamic apologist worms” and “vermin,” the council said.
“The terrible tweet by TV commentator Erik Rush “Muslims are evil let’s kill them all” should be enough reason not only to fire him but also question him by law enforcement authorities and maybe charge him with trying to incite violence,” said CAIR-CT executive director Mongi Dhaouadi.
“We know for a fact that Muslims in America and some who were perceived to be Muslims were attacked before,” Dhaouadi said. “That statement is irresponsible, and Fox News needs to do something to clean its ranks from Muslim bashers and Islamophobes like Erik Rush,”
Amirah Aulagi, 23, a member of the United Masjid of Waterbury, said as an American Muslim, she takes “offense on the fact that my religion becomes enough reason for suspicion every time a bomb goes off.”
“I feel that we are targeted by both the terrorists who make no distinction between Muslims and other people of faith, and by law enforcement who will direct their attention to me just by the color of my skin or my religious beliefs,” she said.
Call Community Engagement Editor Shahid Abdul-Karim at 203-789-5614.