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Islamberg (04:21)


The African-American Muslim community home to two dozen families is located north of New York City. Attorney Tahirah Amitul-Wadud speaks against hate at a 2016 gathering. Brooklyn families established the town in the 1980s to escape the crack epidemic.

Muslims of America (02:12)

The national organization of Muslim communities is headquartered in Islamberg. Since 2007, right-wing conspiracy theorists have alleged that the communities are terrorist training camps; view Fox News clips. Press representative Faruq Raqi speaks to journalists about danger to his community.

Creating a Conspiracy Theory (02:19)

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, independent journalist Joshua Pashman explains how Fox News tries to connect Islamberg to terrorism. After the Charlie Hebdo shootings, they broadcast four separate segments within a week.

Planning a Domestic Terror Attack (02:38)

Citing a need for religious war in January 2015, Tennessee Christian minister Robert Doggart tried to recruit volunteers on Facebook to attack Islamberg. He had led anti-Obama protests and run for Congress in 2014.

Following a Domestic Terrorist (03:16)

Hear phone calls between Doggart and militants discussing plans to attack Islamberg. The FBI began tapping his phone in March 2015; only one person discouraged him from the plan and no one reported him. No national media covered his April arrest.

Lack of Media Coverage (03:43)

Young Islamberg residents share their reactions to learning of Doggart's terrorist plan. He was released on bail one month after his arrest. In October 2016, Amitul-Wadud feels vulnerable and frustrated.

American Muslim Response (03:24)

Islamberg residents and supporters protest the justice system's treatment of Doggart, which they considered a double standard. In February 2017, the national media is not covering his trial. Amitul-Wadud voices her frustration at discrimination against her community.

Doggart's Trial (04:20)

Hear closing arguments from federal prosecutor Saeed Mody and defense attorney Jonathan Turner, who cites Doggart's belief of Fox News. An all-white jury finds him guilty of planning to commit arson and destroy religious property. Islamberg residents are grateful for being heard in court.

Media Bias (02:43)

From 2008 to 2016, right-wing terrorist plots and attacks outnumbered Muslim affiliated incidents in the U.S. nearly two to one. From 2011 to 2015, Muslim-affiliated attacks generated over four times more media coverage. Right-wing news outlets continue identifying Islamberg as a national security threat.

Credits: White Fright (00:37)

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In 2015, the community of Islamberg discovered that a Tennessee minister was plotting the deadliest attack on US soil since 9/11 against their village. Why have Americans heard nothing about him, and why has the safety of their community been ignored? On 10 April 2015, the FBI quietly arrested Robert Doggart, a white, 63-year-old Christian minister after they discovered he was plotting an attack against Islamberg, a small African American Muslim community in upstate New York. Inspired by Fox News claims that the community was a terrorist training camp, Doggart discussed firebombing a mosque and a school in the village, and using assault rifles and a machete to murder the residents. No terrorism charges were brought against Doggart. No national news outlets covered his arrest, and one month after he was taken into custody, a judge released him on bail. As Doggart's case went before an all-white jury, White Fright cross-examined the US’s inconsistent system of national security, the media’s role in exacerbating terrorist threats, and the failure to protect vulnerable communities from racist attacks.

Length: 30 minutes

Item#: BVL168515

ISBN: 978-1-64481-614-1

Copyright date: ©2018

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