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Average Mohamed and Parents For Peace. release new video targeted at Q-Anon Conspiracy
Average Mohamed is a 501 (c)(3) organization founded by Minneapolis-based cartoonist, Mohamed Ahmed. Founder and Executive Director Mohamed Amin Ahmed, is a Somali American business owner who was recognized as a Bush Foundation Fellow in 2017, and the President of Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism in Minnesota. Mohamed Ahmed migrated to the United States from Somalia approximately 25 years ago and has played numerous roles in both civic and corporate worlds. Over the past four years the organization has created 25 short animated cartoons distributed through social media which feature the main character, Average Mohamed, addressing topics such as identity in Islam, free speech, and justice.
Average Mohamed is just that: an average person using plain language to speak directly to youth in Minnesota and elsewhere who are being targeted by the extremist message of organizations such as Al-Shabab and ISIS. The mission of Average Mohamed is to use ideas to defeat ideas, to find local solutions to global problems, and to promote peace, anti-extremism, and democracy to kids where they are: on social media.
Average Mohamed’s most recent video targets the Q-Anon Conspiracy, which has proliferated over the past several years. It is addressed to Q-Anon followers, mentions some of their wilder beliefs, and then describes a so-called Bigfoot who lives in his backyard. The message implies if Q-Anon followers believe Q, then they would also believe Bigfoot lives in Mohamed’s backyard. It then pivots to a more caring message, explaining how many are worried about how individuals may pivot away from the Q-Anon message. Finally, it explains the partnership between Average Mohamed and Parents For Peace and to please call 1-844-49-PEACE for help.
Engaging with former extremists is challenging, but Average Mohamed has the skills and experience to do it. But we need support from the general public. Q-Anon inspired the actions of thousands of people on January 6th, and may continue to inspire violence in the future. This is a serious public health concern.