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Activists rally against Islamophobia on UC's campus

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

On Friday afternoon, a number of activists rallied and marched across the University of Cincinnati’s campus where they protested against what they call "Islamophobia."

Many of those who attended the rally told FOX 19 they feel discriminated against because of their nationality and religion, especially following the recent tragedies in Paris and California. 

The rally concluded on the steps of UC's Tangeman Center where many of the protesters shared personal stories and talked about why it's important for people of all backgrounds to attend these types of rallies.

"It's important for everyone in this country who wants to stand up against hate, to stand up against prejudice and to stand up against senseless killing. I think it's important for all of us to be here and express those sentiments today,” said Karen Dabdoub with the Cincinnati Chapter of America Islamic Relations.

Amena Darwish was one of the speakers at Friday’s rally. She talked about her how her family was discriminated against after 9/11 and she says discrimination has followed her family for 14 years since then.

"For anyone to say that Muslims celebrated 9/11, that is a lie!” exclaimed Amena Darwish. “To say that my family was not hurt by it -- that is a lie! And every time people say terrorists are at the mosques, that's not true. The terrorists don't show up to the mosque because we call the cops on them!" Darwish hopes that her passionate words carried the powerful message that intolerance begins with ignorance.

"We have problems here with racism and xenophobia and violence and those are problems that can be dealt with. It’s going to require each and every one of us here!” said Karen Dabdoub during Friday’s rally. "Shame upon anyone who doesn't look at every single one of us as a full American!"

Friday’s rally lasted about an hour and it was peaceful throughout. Participants are hopeful that future rallies they hold will be peaceful as well. 

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