Five young Muslim Americans to take on Islamophobia on CBS Evening News

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With anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States recently climbing, CBS News plans to explore life as a Muslim in America. CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley will kick off the coverage Thursday night, hosting a round-table discussion with five Muslim American Millennials, reports Variety. The group will discuss their experiences, including how life has changed since the tragic attacks on 9/11.

The participants in Pelley’s discussion range from 18 to 24 years old and include a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, a nursing student, and an aspiring journalist. They aim to clear up misconceptions about their religion. “There’s nothing Islamic about ISIS,” says Rafat Khalaf, a New York University student, during the segment. “They’re hijacking an entire religion, an entire way of life. And they’re misrepresenting an entire group of people for something that’s absolutely not Islamic.”

Beyond the round-table discussion on Thursday, there will be further coverage of the topic on Friday during CBS This Morning, including an all-Muslim panel and a multimedia, multi-platform report. First-person accounts from Muslims around the country and from various walks of life will be featured. CBS will air the series not only on TV, but also make it available on social media platforms,, and CBSN for live-streaming.

As Variety points out, the discussion is particularly timely in light of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s controversial proposed ban on Muslims entering the country. His proposal followed a recent shooting carried out in San Bernardino, California, by a Muslim couple who had reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to NPR.

CBS Evening News promoted the upcoming millennial round-table discussion on its Twitter page, including a clip of the segment. Watch the video below.