PHILLY’S BLACK MUSLIMS STRUGGLE ON MANY FRONTS IN THIS ELECTION CYCLE

On any given day in Philadelphia you can see Black women in hijabs or full burqas and Black men in taqiyahs with long beards. Walking down the streets from Center City to Germantown to North Philadelphia, you see mosques opposite churches, and Black-owned Muslim bakeries, cafes and barbershops.

In Philadelphia, Black Muslims are a large part of the community and account for about 150,000 members of the population. They are 85 percent of the Muslim population in the fifth largest city in America. And for this election cycle, they have been under attacks as Muslims and African Americans.

Both candidates have been documented connecting African Americans and Muslims to some form of a derogatory, which makes this block of voters, in a important swing state feel uninspired.

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