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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