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BSU and Muslim Student Association discuss history of civil rights struggles

By Josh Lambert, For FSU News, On 27 February 2017, Read Original

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With Black History Month in its final week, the Black Student Union paired with the FSU Muslim Student Association to host an event on February 21 to remember the importance and struggle for civil rights in American history.

The event, “Parallels in US History: Minority Struggles for Civil Rights,” instructed the audience on how far we have come as a society in respecting civil rights and how far we still have to go.

The event kicked off with Hiba Rahim, the Northwest Florida Regional Coordinator for CAIR, giving a presentation on how to recognize institutional racism and how to combat it. She opened with images of offensive propaganda and a series of subtle racism via rhetoric. Rahim urged the audience to be wary of propaganda saying, “When propaganda succeeds, it makes people numb to the sympathy they should feel.”

Rahim went on to teach the audience how she believes racism could be combated in the modern setting.

“The most important thing is forming alliances with other groups,” Rahim said. “Together we really are stronger. It sends a message of resistance.”

With this, she alluded to the mass protests following President Trump’s controversial executive order banning immigration from seven countries.

Following Rahim’s presentation, FSU African American scholar Dr. Rhea Lathan provided a presentation on the struggle for civil rights that African Americans have endured. The driving message of her presentation was her unique viewpoint of a struggle.

“We always want to look at struggle as a bad thing,” said Dr. Lathan, “but I look at it as a coat of armor.”

After giving a brief history of civil rights in America andfocusing on a detailed account of Rosa Parks, Dr. Lathan stressed the importance of unity in the same manner as Rahim.

“We are more alike than we are separate,” urged Dr. Lathan. “I think we’re at a point now where we can all start working together.”

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