GUEST: Nicole Nguyen, assistant professor of social foundations of education at the University Illinois-Chicago. She is the author of A Curriculum of Fear: Homeland Security in US Public Schools. Her new book is called Suspect Communities: Anti-Muslim Racism and the Domestic War on Terror.
BACKGROUND: Before President Trump’s Muslim ban there was an Obama-era federal program that sounded so much nicer than a ban – Countering Violent Extremism. A federal program ostensibly designed to, in the words of Homeland Security, “counter efforts by extremists to recruit, radicalize, and mobilize followers to violence.” The program known by its acronym CVE, has been aimed squarely at Muslim Americans, and, according to a new book, deeply harmed communities.