Why Trump Makes Me Scared For My Family By Aziz Ansari Analysis

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Nayla Basma
Dr. Hussein Rashid Muslims in Diaspora 19 October 2017
Midterm Prompt #2
Highly publicized attacks on American soil, such as 9/11 and the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016, have led to a dominant media narrative that constructs American Muslims as the “other.” As discussed in Aziz Ansari’s op-ed “Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family,” the current president of the United States has intensified this perception of Muslims as a threat to the country through his vitriolic, hate-filled rhetoric. He has played a significant role in normalizing the bias against Muslim Americans and characterizing them as non-members of the American community. Through the framework of Aziz Ansari’s article, I seek to explore how President Trump has fueled
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In the context of Aziz Ansari’s op-ed, we see how the climate of alienation has fostered a collective identity that centers around the experience of non-belonging at home—yet, it is this loss which has necessitated resistance in order to regain a sense of belonging. In essence, the phenomenon of diaspora consciousness “lives loss and hope as a defining tension” (Clifford 312). For instance, consider how the process of diasporic consciousness operated through Aziz Ansari. The comedian’s consciousness of how Trump has blatantly targeted a group of people on the basis of their religious identity provoked him to publically condemn the narratives that exclude the broad population of Muslim Americans and contribute to their struggle of non-belonging at home. He challenges the president’s irrational anti-Muslim rhetoric in the aftermath of terrorist attacks, scathingly asserting in his article that “the overwhelming number of Muslim Americans have as much in common with that monster in Orlando as any white person has with any of the white terrorists who shoot up movie theaters or schools or abortion clinics” (Ansari). In doing so, Aziz debunks the conflation of Islam with terrorism and establishes the religious identity of Muslim …show more content…
The conceptualization of diasporic consciousness provides us with a unique way to view how Muslim Americans have responded to President Trump’s amplification of anti-Islam sentiments in the country following 9/11 and the Orlando shooting. Aziz’s op-ed suggests that Trump’s actions have contributed to the development of diasporic consciousness among individuals within the Muslim American community and galvanized resistance. It appears that an increased awareness of exclusion triggered their sense of urgency to resist and create narratives of belonging that counteract the discriminatory sentiments in the country. In this light, diaspora consciousness has shaped the desire and efforts of many Muslim Americans to transform the home from a space of alienation to a space of true

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