December 5, 2008 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College, Newsmakers
Since Sept. 11, 2001, the reports of hate crimes and harassment in Arab-American communities has exploded, says Moustafa Bayoumi, associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, and, youth, in particular, are being affected. “They are the ones in the eye of the storm today,” he says. “The ones that people are most ready to judge because of their faith or because of their ethnic background.” In his new book, “How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young and Arab in America,” Prof. Bayoumi chronicles the lives of seven, young men and women from Brooklyn and the realities of being Arab and Muslim in the post-9/11 world.
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