A 14-year-old Muslim student was briefly arrested at his school after he plugged in a ticking box he later described as a clock. Muslim rights activists say this is part of a series of discriminatory events.
Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said prejudice and discrimination stems from a lack of public awareness. Most Americans have little exposure to mainstream Muslims, and the impressions they receive through the media are almost entirely negative, he said.
“Three random Muslims who conspire to commit an act of terrorism, as far fetched as it may be, will make more headlines than 3,000 mainstream Muslims who have put together a great initiative to feed the poor or clean streets,” Rehab said.