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Federal officials said that three members of a MILITIA group in Kansas were planning to bomb an apartment complex killing dozens of Somali immigrants the day after the presidential election. Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright, Patrick Stein called their anti-Muslim group the “Crusaders” and wanted to detonate four vehicles filled with explosives outside the complex in Garden City to “wake people up”.

And the white media called them MILITIA instead of TERRORISTS? Now WE ARE WOKE, thanks.

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Sikh actor and designer Waris Ahluwalia almost missed NYFW because of racial profiling

Waris Ahluwalia is Sikh and he wears a turban, a headdress that’s part of his religious identity. Ahluwalia reported on Instagram Monday that Aero Mexico would not let him board his flight to New York City while wearing his turban. This isn’t the first time Ahluwalia has been the victim of ignorant Islamophobia.

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Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has been detained at U.S. airports 3 times in the last 7 years.

On Thursday, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was detained at Los Angeles International Airport — a common experience for Muslims who dare ask a flight attendant for a soda or read a book about Syrian art.

Khan knew the drill: it marked his third time being detained at an airport in the last seven years, according to the Guardian.

The Guardian reported that Khan was first detained in 2009 at Newark Airport for over two hours by U.S. immigration officials. But even after the backlash from fans and fellow actors over the wrongful detention, Khan was taken into custody again in 2012, again in New York.

Khan, though, had a sense of humor about the most recent incident — tweeting out a joke about Pokémon.

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#DearMuslims spread support for Muslims after NYC bombing — until it was stolen.

Terrell J. Star, a political correspondent at Fusion, launched #DearMuslims on Twitter to provide a stream of support for Muslims who are likely to face systemic racial profiling and Islamophobia after the bombs in NYC and NJ.

Starr offered tips to Muslims on how to safely handle racial profiling from police officers like making sure they have an ID at all times, syncing their photos to the cloud and more. And then came the disgusting response.

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In 2007, my family travelled to the west for the first time.

We were Pakistani citizens, travelling from Saudi Arabia. It was sheer bad luck that our first time flying through England also happened to be around the same time England had two major terror attacks.

British Airways refused to let us board the plane.

In 2013, my grandmother had a heart attack.

I had to fly from Detroit to Karachi just a couple of months after the Boston Marathon bombings happened.

Delta Airlines refused to let me board the plane.

I have gotten so used to getting detained at airports that now I always tell people to come pick me up an hour after the other passengers have left because I know that’s the minimum amount of time it takes to sit in the backroom to go through an “extra” security check.

This is what it feels like to travel as a hijabi with a green passport…and people wonder why I am always so angry.

How racial profiling has made air travel a nightmare for many Muslim Americans 

In the summer of 2005, during a trip to Toronto to visit their uncle, Hasan and his younger brother were stopped by Transportation Security Administration agents at the Los Angeles International Airport.

The brothers were led into a special security room. Hasan’s brother — a “gadgety guy,” Hasan said — had been carrying two hard drives, a couple of laptops and one or two cellphones in his luggage, all of which were removed from their cases.

Hasan says the agents spent the next four hours working their way through each item, asking Hasan and his brother to charge up devices, run through ringtones on their phones, and even go buy batteries for battery-operated electronics.

They ended up catching the midnight flight to Toronto later that night and landed 10 hours later than they’d planned. Their luggage, which they were not permitted to take with them, arrived periodically in cartons over the next 10 days.

Ask any Muslim who has traveled through an American airport since Sept. 11, 2001 — or any Sikh, for that matter, who often get mistaken for Muslims — and they’ll tell you this is not an unusual story.