Mainstream media are flooding us with sensationalized images of Americans who fear and hate Islam. Ugly as these images are, there is a
deeper brutality. The worst ugliness is in what they are not showing.
There are dangerous blind spots in the media coverage of American
Islam. For instance, there has been a brute blindness to women and to
women's concerns in news coverage of the proposed Islamic Center in New
At the center of the media firestorm is an interesting woman, Daisy Khan, co-visionary of the proposed center.
But, her vision and life work have been nearly invisible in recent media
accounts. She has been categorized almost exclusively as “the Imam's wife” and
quoted because he's out of the country. But, if one pushes aside the
media's smothering memes, one can easily find out more about Daisy Khan
beyond her role as wife. Why has the mainstream media ignored so much
about her life and achievements? It turns out she's an interesting
American woman struggling to build new institutions for women to reclaim
voice and power.
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