Briefing on Civil Rights Issues Facing Muslims and Arab Americans in Ohio Post-September 11 [open pdf - 149KB]
The full transcript of the Ohio Advisory Committee's briefing follows. Because the briefing focused on civil rights implications of September 11, examples of the support Arabs and Muslims received from their fellow Americans after the attacks are few. But in the transcript are the panelists' detailed accounts of the ignominious side of post-September 11 and efforts to combat retaliation. Panelists also discuss frequent misconceptions about Muslims and Islam and the media's role in fueling misconceptions. They discuss the importance of preserving the constitutional rights of Arab Americans in what appears will be a long war on terrorism.