SpearIt

SpearIt is a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding and author of the ISPU report: Facts and Fictions about Islam in Prison: Assessing Prisoner Radicalization in Post-9/11 America. He is also an Associate Professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University.


SpearIt is a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding and author of the ISPU report: Facts and Fictions about Islam in Prison: Assessing Prisoner Radicalization in Post-9/11 America. He is also an Associate Professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University.



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Trump Cries and Media Wolves

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is busy building a case that the media are rigging the election. The cacophony r


GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is busy building a case that the media are rigging the election. The cacophony runs far and wide, but amid the flap is a mainstay claim of a media conspiracy against him. His attempt is like the little boy who cried wolf: His cries about a rigged election are false. […]

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How Implicit Bias Drags Down Clinton

In the first 2016 presidential debate, moderator Lester Holt focused on an issue that has never before enjoyed such time


In the first 2016 presidential debate, moderator Lester Holt focused on an issue that has never before enjoyed such time in the presidential limelight. Specifically, he asked Hillary Clinton to comment on police and the question of implicit bias. The question, however, opened the door to deeper discussions on race. It also opened the door […]

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The Orlando Massacre and Death of Muhammad Ali

The passing of Muhammad Ali brought the briefest of repose for American Muslims. For a moment, the world stood still to


The passing of Muhammad Ali brought the briefest of repose for American Muslims. For a moment, the world stood still to pay homage to Ali and his adopted faith. It was an opportunity for Muslims to bask in a moment of revelry. The great enthusiasm for Ali cast a spell of media attention on Islam […]

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The Wrath of Khan

  Khizr Khan’s speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention shook up the evening perhaps like no other. Side


  Khizr Khan’s speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention shook up the evening perhaps like no other. Side by side with his pillar of support, his wife Ghazala, the two stood as parents of the fallen Humayun Khan, a U.S. soldier who was killed in Iraq defending American troops. After a video memorial of […]

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Muhammad Ali’s Death is Right On Time for Muslims

The death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali is a major blessing for American Muslims.  Not only does his momentous passing


The death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali is a major blessing for American Muslims.  Not only does his momentous passing usher in Ramadan 2016 with joyful solemnity, but it comes at a time when Islamophobia is beginning to plateau.  Needless to say, Ali’s death presents the perfect opportunity to reassess ideas about Islam, and more […]

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Sonic Jihad

Muslim Hip-Hop in the Age of Mass Incarceration If we could break down those walls to set you free we would cause we out


Muslim Hip-Hop in the Age of Mass Incarceration If we could break down those walls to set you free we would cause we out here and we miss you — Lupe Fiasco, Free Chilly There is a struggle going on in the United States that lies just beneath the public’s radar, but has been brewing […]

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Fort Wayne Killings: Fostering Distrust in Policing

It has been a week since three young Black men were killed in Fort Wayne, Indiana. All three victims of these “executi


It has been a week since three young Black men were killed in Fort Wayne, Indiana. All three victims of these “execution-style” killings descend from immigrant families from the Sudan, two of whom were Muslim. Although the facts of this case are still developing, there is much mystery surrounding the attack. Regardless, the dearth of […]

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Ben Carson: Islamophobe Extraordinaire

Recent statements by Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson offer another glimpse of Islamophobia in America. Coming


Recent statements by Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson offer another glimpse of Islamophobia in America. Coming within several days of the wrongful arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed and Muslim bashing at a Trump presidential rally, Carson’s words only make tough times tougher for Muslims in the United States, which also translates into tougher times for […]

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Protesting Islam—American Style

*Editor’s note: The article originally stated the protests gathered during Friday prayers, it has been corrected b


*Editor’s note: The article originally stated the protests gathered during Friday prayers, it has been corrected below. Among the more sinister aspects of the American civil religious tradition is when nationalistic fervor combines with religious persecution. Such a menacing combination was visible last week in Arizona when hundreds of armed anti-Muslim protestors gathered outside a […]

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When Arkansas Muslim Prisoner Wins A Case, It Adds to Legal Legacy

Last week, the Supreme Court struck down an Arkansas prison policy that restricted inmates from sporting a half-inch bea


Last week, the Supreme Court struck down an Arkansas prison policy that restricted inmates from sporting a half-inch beard.  The prisoner-plaintiff, Gregory Holt, aka Abdul Maalik Muhammad, is particularly interesting since he confounds cultural stereotypes, looking more like someone from Duck Dynasty or the movie Deliverance than anything Muslim; as a white inmate, he is […]