Anti-Blackness and the National Security Police State that Civil Liberties Advocacy Built

As the U.S. commemorates another anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, civil liberties organizations and Muslim advocacy groups have had a lot to say about the Islamophobia of the past two decades. Islamophobia is of course a real source of violence. But far beyond the impact on Muslim communities, we must recognize post-9/11 demonization of Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian populations as a strategy that the state used to expand its power against the same Black, Indigenous, and poor communities it has always policed most brutally. Continue reading on our Medium…