...Question: Can you say anything about the language the GOP uses? Romney used it in describing terrorism. He did call it Islamic terrorism. Is that an issue for Muslim Americans?
Ms. Hussain: Rhetoric is always an issue. Think about, and you all work in media. We are inundated by messaging advertising in media. Media is everywhere. It’s social media, it’s TV media, it’s print media. It’s everywhere.
So when rhetoric is repeated over and over again, directed in one direction, it really impacts social situations. I really believe so.
So when terms like Islamic terrorists or just Michelle Bachman saying these comments about members of, high level members of the Democratic party and elected officials. When people start using these negative terms, or perhaps even misleading terms, the effects of that really, really ripple outward. It affects the community. I really hope that changes. That is very damaging to the way Muslim Americans are perceived and treated in this country.
Question: Anskar Graw from the German Newspaper Die Welt.
Regarding your last answer, what would you have recommended if the Republican party would have asked you how to describe this kind of terrorism? Because I think only to say we have to fight against terrorism or there has been a terrorist somewhere would be a little bit too less specific. What would you have recommended how to describe this kind of terrorism?
Ms. Hussain: Just call it terrorism. That’s what it is. It’s terrorism. That’s really all I have to say about that. Call it terrorism, or talk about a region. Maybe name a country. But attaching a religion to it every single time you mention that word, it just makes people think that’s what the religion is. And so I say, just say terrorism. I don’t see why you have to add a religion to it.
Question: Just to follow up, but don’t you think for example our readers, our listeners wouldn’t have asked about the background of this kind of terrorism? So at some point you have to explain what kind of terrorism is it. Just to say there was a terrorist, there was a terrorist attack, I think it’s not enough.
Ms. Hussain: For example, the attack that happened in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, that was considered a domestic terrorism act. Domestic terrorism. And they did say oh, he was a White Supremacist, but I never heard someone say oh, he’s a Christian terrorist. Or he’s a white terrorist. Were readers not concerned? Did they think why didn’t they say white terrorist? Why are they not more specific about what kind of terrorist he is? I’m just saying that in terms of -- That makes you really think about what it means, the message. I think that’s more about messaging than about detail.
I wonder how'd she be treated Islamically with this profile photograph: