The public needs to be more informed about relations between the United
States and Islamic countries, Muslim and Arabic student leaders said
Tuesday night at a town hall meeting hosted by the University.
Naureen Kamdar, a sophomore from Suwanee and president of the Muslim
Student Association, said she feels many non-Muslims expect her to answer
for all Muslims.
"Sometimes, people apply one Muslim person's opinion to the whole race,
which is a big reason for the misunderstanding," she said.
Similar sentiments were discussed among the 30 or so students who attended
"Hope not Hate: A Town Hall Series on U.S.-Islamic Relations" was sponsored
by Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) with the help of two other
non-partisan organizations The People Speak and Families of September 11th.
The meeting was part of a "tripleheader" -- three forums held in Macon,
Atlanta and Athens on three consecutive dates.
The series started Sept. 8 and will conclude Oct. 12, with six
videoconferences held between six American college students and young
leaders from six different Islamic countries.
The focus is to inform the American public of Arab and Muslim views of the
United States and to try to understand their perspectives at the same