My Bridge Story

Islamophobia is personal. My Bridge Story archives interviews with students, activists, educators, religious leaders, community leaders, and politicians–both Muslim and non-Muslim–to document the stories of people whose lives are impacted by Islamophobia and those who want to do something about it. Explore our collection of oral histories to understand the diverse ways in which Islamophobia impacts people around the world. 

 

My Bridge Story

When the Muslim Ban went into effect on January 27, 2017 it caused uncertainty and panic. In the months after, as subsequent iterations continue to target Muslims, Bridge reached out to students, parents, and educators for testimonies. These are their stories.

Honestly, when I first heard Donald Trump propose the Muslim Ban, I thought it was really ridiculous. I’m from Oklahoma so I’m used to hearing pretty ridiculous things. It’s a really red state but it... Read Full Story

“I just think often about how I’m no different than any child who had parents who are seeking a better life and how that my life could have so easily been someone else’s. I am... Read Full Story

In my opinion, the Muslim Ban is preposterous because at the end of the day there is an interrelatedness in our humanity, and if we reject or discriminate against one type of people we are... Read Full Story

The travel ban is referred to as the Muslim Ban because of the countries it affects: majority Muslim countries. I think for someone to have a thorough opinion, the opposition to one’s ideas should be... Read Full Story

Special Story

Honestly, when I first heard Donald Trump propose the Muslim Ban, I thought it was really ridiculous. I’m from Oklahoma so I’m used to hearing pretty ridiculous things. It’s a really red state but it seemed like even the people from where I’m from were all in agreement that it was one of the most ridiculous things that man had said at that time. But the Muslim ban does more than just reflect the ignorance and ridiculousness of Donald Trump, it reflects the ridiculous amount of Islamophobia that is so pervasive in our country. I think for me, it really opened my eyes to my privilege in being able to be oblivious about it for so long. Now it’s more apparent to me that people who are Muslim in America had to really face the Islamophobia that has been ubiquitous here for such a long time. SUCH a long time.... Read Full Story