The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that Islam was the number one religious news topic in 2010. The media firestorm ignited by plans for the Park 51 mosque in New York City saturated much of the American media diet last year, followed by coverage of “International Burn a Quran Day.” In early 2011, Congressional hearings convened by representative Peter King attracted media attention for its controversial aim of combating “homegrown terrorists.” The recent uprisings in the Arab world followed by the death of Osama Bin Laden are only the most recent developments in a narrative between America and Islam that has been evolving for centuries. For many Americans that narrative began September 11, 2001.
The way Islam has been portrayed in the media in the past ten years has affected the everyday lives of most Muslims, especially young adults who are still trying to discover themselves and define their identities.
Ayesha won 2nd Place in the Essay Competition for this entry.
The older I get, the less I know. In fact, the more I know, the less I know.
This becomes clear with each passing day as the lines between good, bad, right, wrong, slow, fast, and everything in between somehow manage to blur together.
Aqeela won first place in the 2011 Essay and Scholarship Competition with this essay.
While I was growing up, America was referred to as the “melting pot”. The idea behind the name was that, quite like a melting pot, America held many different flavors of people. But since then we have adjusted the view of culture in America from the melting pot perspective to a salad bowl.