Islamophobia has already been planted deep in lots of minds the world over, and Donald Trump’s remarks throughout this election about Muslim folks haven’t helped in any respect. So photographer Mark Bennington took it upon himself, to point out the unbelievable range of Muslim People in hopes to cease placing nasty labels on thousands and thousands of individuals.
Mark is doing it with a portrait collection known as “America 2.0”, through which he options younger Muslim adults in New York Metropolis alongside with tales from their each day lives, that includes the widespread subjects like college, pals, courting, music and so forth.
“Now greater than ever, we, because the American public, are confronted with photos and propaganda of ‘the opposite’ – be it Muslims, Mexican immigrants, the African-American group, the LGBTQ group, the listing goes on,” Bennington advised the Huffington Submit. “I discovered this to be an important time to begin a challenge that targeted on the daily – what do odd lives and aspirations appear to be?”
Hanan, 24, NYU Dental pupil: “I all the time inform all people, there’s not simply two events [so] why don’t you break the system a bit bit? … Generally I’m stunned at folks, at who they’re voting for however I don’t push my views on anybody else.”
Mosammet, 17, Brooklyn Tech Excessive Faculty: “We’re a nation of immigrants. I don’t settle for somebody who calls my fellow brothers and sisters of colour ‘murderers and thieves’. I don’t settle for somebody who makes use of concern mongering to show half the nation towards the remaining. I cannot stand my mom or my sisters being pressured to take away their hijab and I cannot stand my father and brother being known as ‘terrorists’. I LOVE LIFE, however as an American citizen, I’ve by no means been so disenchanted in America.“
Jiniya, 20, pupil of promoting and psychology at The Metropolis Faculty of New York: “I can’t perceive why we’re all the time portrayed as both the nice or the dangerous, the reasonable or the extremists. Why can’t I be regular? Why do I’ve to be labeled as Muslim?… Why is my headband the very first thing that you simply acknowledge about me? Why can’t we simply be folks?…”
Hagar, 22, Well being & Science main at New Jersey Metropolis College: “I feel it’s necessary to vote, however our choices this 12 months are … we didn’t have a lot selection! I’d have most popular to not vote however I don’t suppose that’s a greater possibility both. I wished Bernie, he simply appeared form of all the way down to earth in contrast to the opposite two.”
Makinoon, 17, Scholar at Brooklyn Tech Excessive Faculty: “Generally, you form of really feel scared with all this Islamophobia happening. Like, what if my pals, not shut pals, however acquaintances flip their again on me simply because I’m a Muslim? There was a time once I really thought of not following my religion due to social stress. However, I establish as Muslim and need to present that Islam is a ravishing faith.”
Rayan, 23, pupil at New Jersey Metropolis College: “We went to an Islamic college right here in Jersey Metropolis. We discovered Arabic, we had Islamic research, after which we had common lessons. We’d all the time attempt to go towards the uniform. Attempt to put on totally different sneakers, something to get us into hassle, basically- like some other rebellious teenager.“
Hany, 27, Common Supervisor at Cairo Dental in Queens: “To be trustworthy, I used to be for Trump. I’m enthusiastic about him. I really like his ardour to vary the nation, as a result of it wants a variety of altering. However I need to say that the preliminary step has to come back from us. Us, the People in all sizes and styles and all colours and spiritual beliefs. [They] should unite. That is the true American dream that my dad and mom had got here right here for.”
Anika, 21, pupil in Worldwide Enterprise/Finance, Accounting, Economics & Vogue, works at Marymount Manhattan school as a SAT coordinator: “If you slot in that realm of considering by way of no matter has been ordained for the faith – whether or not it’s praying 5 instances or believing in a single God, for those who can besides these two issues, then yeah, you possibly can think about your self non secular. However, by way of actually believing your existence, that will be one other query to ask.”
Shahid & Hanzalah
Shahid & Hanzalah, 18 & 20, Faculty college students (Data Safety & Android Improvement): “So, we met initially again in Brooklyn Tech Excessive Faculty. … Shahid is the form of man I’ll message at 2 am with some unusual insomnia induced epiphany and he’ll take two seconds to inform me the massively apparent gap in my logic and inform me to fall asleep. I’m amazed that we’ve recognized one another for thus a few years as a result of in some ways it nonetheless appears like we solely just lately met – there’s a timelessness to it and truthfully, it feels extra like household.“
Syeda, 21, Math & Physics main at Hunter Faculty: “I’d love to show. It’s been my dream for the previous couple of years to open a college really, for [young] children. I feel the older we get the extra we query issues, the extra we’d like rationales to elucidate issues. However as children, we’re keen to only take issues and run with it and let our imaginations play.“
Abdelrazaq, 25, NYU Dental pupil: “The Muslim group, like several minority group, ought to present up and vote, not within the hopes of figuring out the winner, however to point out our presence. We’re a part of this nation, a part of this group – a big half – and voting is a means for us to point out those that run for governmental positions that ‘Hey, we’re right here.’”
Ariba, 24, making use of for Masters in Public Well being: “I keep in mind the primary time it occurred… I used to be tremendous new to the subway – commuting to Hunter Faculty within the metropolis. And I noticed this previous man, who seemed so candy, and he mentioned, ‘Can I sit subsequent to you?’ And I mentioned ‘Positive’. He mentioned, ‘Can ask your query?’ I mentioned ‘Sure.’ He mentioned, ‘Who invited you?’… I didn’t perceive. I used to be so shocked. After which I didn’t or couldn’t say something! It bugged me for months and months. Why didn’t I say something?“
Jannah, 19, pupil at Hunter Group Faculty: “I did put on a hijab a very long time in the past once I was little, however folks would inform me to take it off as a result of I used to be too younger (pre-puberty). Now I’ve simply have gotten used to not carrying it. However, I nonetheless attempt to costume as modest as I can… In my home, after all, I put on no matter I would like.“
Sara, 17, Scholar at Brooklyn Technical Excessive Faculty: “I by no means imagined so many individuals would vote for Trump, particularly with the way in which he has focused so many minorities. Being a Muslim it kind of will get me serious about what it’s going to be like sooner or later. He makes violence ‘okay’… so ought to I stroll out of my home in concern of being attacked for being brazenly Muslim (carrying my hijab)?“
Mohammed, 22, Environmental engineering main at Metropolis Faculty of New York: “I’m making an attempt to push myself into doing issues that I’m not likely comfy with- like getting my picture taken!… I’m not likely a social particular person, however I’m pushing myself to become involved socially.“
Sadaf, 17, Pre-med pupil at Hunter Faculty pupil, Creator and Co-founder/CEO of Media firm REV 21: “When you find yourself disadvantaged of an opportunity to share your voice, it’s important to yell louder. And never simply yell louder for your self however for the a number of others who really feel the identical sentiments as you do… Sadly, no matter America’s promise of equality, a number of teams of individuals really feel cheated for his or her likelihood of reaching the American dream–of their likelihood to easily survive in America.“
Najwa, 16, Miraj Islamic Excessive Faculty: “My all time favourite topic is science! Studying in regards to the totally different components that make us suppose or act in sure methods fascinate me, that’s the primary purpose why I need to examine drugs as soon as I graduate.“
There are fairly a couple of stunning traditions amongst Muslim folks, for instance, the Hijab marriage ceremony clothes.