21-Day Practice on Creating Inclusive Spaces and Combating Islamophobia

Submitted by Nadia Ahmad on Tue, 06/14/2022 - 06:44

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (CRSJ) launched the 21-Day Practice on Creating Inclusive Spaces and Combating Islamophobia. The current movement for equality in America provides an opportunity for us to consider how we — as individuals, as lawyers, and as academics — are meeting this moment. Are we moving on with our daily lives, or are we willing to grow in our knowledge and understanding to help shape our profession? What responsibility do we bear? It is with these thoughts in mind that ABA CRSJ is sharing some resources and an opportunity for members to participate in a 21-Day Practice on Creating Inclusive Spaces and Combating Islamophobia. The “21- Day Challenge©” was conceived several years ago by diversity expert Eddie Moore, Jr. to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression. Other ABA groups have undertaken similar 21-Day Challenges, including the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council, the Labor & Employment Law Section, and the Judicial Division. The 21 Day Challenge can be incorporated at law schools, law firms, and businesses. The full list of resources can be found here.

DAY 1 

  1.  What can lawyers, law students and judges do to recognize and intervene when they encounter Islamophobia?
  2. What are the negative repercussions of Islamophobia?


  1. How is Islamophobia similar to white supremacy?

  2. How does Islamophobia impact the lived experience of American Muslims?


  1. Why did the U.S. Founding Fathers advocate for Muslims’ religious freedoms, but actively ignore Muslim slaves in their presence?

  2. What were the long term impacts of how white slave owners racialized prominent enslaved Black African Muslims as Arab/Moorish on account of their literacy and class background disrupt notions of American Blackness?

  3. How do race and religious identity today impact who is eligible for constitutional protections such as religious freedom?


  1. How does Islamophobic bullying Muslim students in schools?

  2. How are Muslim students, who wear hijab, impacted when their hijab is tugged, pulled, or offensively touched?

  3. How can schools and workplaces improve their responses to Islamophobia monitoring?


  1. How can employers and co-workers encourage Muslim collegaues and students to be more of their authentic selves?

  2. In what ways does the increased visibility of Muslims in Hollywood encourage more representation of Muslims on screen? And how does that impact public perceptions of Muslims to be considered more mainstream members of society?

  3. What are fears of Islamophobia that impact Muslims in the United States and across the world?


  1. What are some of the distressing trends related to Islamphobia that impact discriminiation, racism and xenophobia?

  2. How can workplaces, law firms, law schools, and corporations work to create more inclusive spaces for Muslims?


  1. What are some of the negative impacts of Islamophobia on economic activity and commercial enterprises?

  2. What are ways to increase the sense of belongings for Muslims?

DAY 8  

  1. How do media perceptions of Muslims contribute to Islamophobia?

  2. In what ways are depictions of Islamophobia rooted in historical constructions of racism and xenophobia?


  1. What tactics can be deployed to prevent racially motivated attacks on Muslims?

  2. How can social exclusion and social alienation experienced by Muslims impact others in the law firm, law school, and workplace settings?

DAY 10

  1. In what ways to perceptions of victimhood stigmatize Muslim women?

  2. What strategies can be deployed to eliminate bias to empower Muslim women?

DAY 11

  1. How can public perceptions impact how Muslim practice their faith in public?

  2. What are examples of workplace and school harassment that Muslim face based on nationality, race, religion, gender, etc?

DAY 12

  1. How can employers encourage recruiters to be intentional about avoiding bias in hiring?

  2. How are Muslims negatively impacted on the job market because of their Muslim indentity? How do other groups experience this same or similar type of workplace hiring discriminiation?

DAY 13

  1. In what ways is the discrimination that Muslims face same or similar to those of other religious groups or protected classes?

  2. How is discriminiation that Muslims face different from other groups?

DAY 14

  1. How can educators, lawyers, law students, and legal practitioners understand Islamophobia as both a type of bullying and a consequence of bias and of misinformation?

  2. What are ways to speak up and stand up for Muslim peers?

DAY 15

  1. How does the Islamophobia industry contribute to misleading narratives, propaganda, and local policies that vilify Muslims?

  2. What are ways to correct misinformation and disinformation about Islam and Muslims?

DAY 16

  1. How has racial and religious resentment contributed to the ostracization of Muslims?

  2. How does the marginalization of Muslim women impact other women and identity politics?

DAY 17  

  1. How did enslavement and heavily restricted mobility impact the early Muslims in the Americas?

  2. How have immigration reforms impacted American Muslims?

DAY 18

  1. What are the long term impacts of police surveillance and mass policing on American Muslim communities?

  2. How do concepts of radical self-care and self-compassion work to overcome the psychological wear and tear on Muslims as result of daily Islamophobic macro and microaggressions?

DAY 19

  1. What can be done to combat hate speech and hate crimes targeting Muslims by lawyers, law firms, law schools, and judges?

  2. What are steps that can be taken to reverse anti-Muslim bias incidents?

DAY 20 

  1. How does the Black Muslim experience in the United States show internal diversity within Islam?

  2. In what ways has slavery shaped Islam among African American Muslims?

DAY 21

  1. What workplace practices can be used to accommodate Muslims during the month of Ramadan?

  2. What ways can lawyers, law students, and other legal practitioners work to honor and respect Muslim faith traditions?

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