The Ventura County Star quoted CRCC Managing Director Brie Loskota in an article about how the lives of American Muslims changes after 9/11 and the Iraq War.
The turning point for American Muslim life was the 9/11 attacks, which had a far greater effect than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Loskota. Muslims supported the United States for responding to the attacks, but the two wars eroded that support, she said.
The article was one in a series of of stories about local people who fought in the war, their families and others moved to help at home.
Loskota said the main issue shaping American Muslim identity in the last 10 years is rooted in domestic issues, primarily those having to do with national security. American Muslims “feel overly targeted and over scrutinized.”
“I think there has also been an increase in the scapegoating of Muslims,” Loskota said. “They are being used as a political punching bag.”