We Are All Harrisonburg

On September 16, 2012, Harrisonburg’s local mosque, had a rally at the Islamic Center of the Shenandoah Valley. The reason for this gathering was because the center was gratified with spray paint.  On WHSV.com, there was an article discussing this. The idea that someone would have the audacity to graffiti a place that people take very seriously and worship.

This occurrence personally related to me because in our Pop Culture and Mass Communication class with Paulette Moore at Eastern Mennonite University, we had three different units. Our first unit was on Islamphobia.  We received a lot of different resources and then analyzed them to our own understanding.

Our first post incorporated people and their views on Islamic people. We asked a hand-full of students to write that they though Islam was to them. We then asked them to write what Islam is not. The results were interesting due to the consistency. Screen Shot 2012-12-13 at 1.23.42 AM Screen Shot 2012-12-13 at 1.20.30 AM

Comparing these views to my own life, this is how I saw Islam before too. We watched a movie called “Reel Bad Arabs” which is a film of how Hollywood depicts Arabs.

The relation from this to the rally is that perhaps the people that were involved in the graffiti process had this depiction of Arabs in a negative way. In reality, Arabs are very similar to everyday Americans. They even believe somewhat similar beliefs to the Mennonite culture in that they believe in God too.