Episode 14 | Copts and Race in America
An Interview with Dr. Candace Lukasik
Copts and race in America are undoubtedly interesting subjects that bring to mind many questions, particular incidents, and views. For example, after 911, on September 15, 2001, Adel Karas, a forty-eight-year-old Coptic Christian and father of three, was shot and killed at his convenience store in San Gabriel, California. Most likely mistaken for a Muslim by his perpetrators.
The second bizarre incident is one that Dr. Candace Lukasik mentioned previously, of a young Copt visiting the Bible Museum in DC and was arrested for no reason and interrogated by the FBI. Again, another case of stereotyping and mistaken identity.
How does American society and politicians in DC, in particular, view the Copts? Do they consider us a single-issue race, meaning that we are only interested in the plight of the Copts in Egypt, or is this view changing, and Copts now are more involved in many issues concerning wider American life?
The podcast will examine these and many other questions concerning Copts and race in America with my special guest Dr. Candace Lukasik.
About Bishop Suriel
Bishop Suriel vocational education and experience focuses on religious intellectualism and religiosity. His education in a wide variety of sacred and secular international institutions has dramatically expanded his horizon, directing him to a deeper understanding of matters relevant to faith.
Knowledge supported Bishop Suriel to succeed in my ministry and deliver numerous successful projects in building infrastructure and institutions that were the first of their kind in the Coptic Church.
About Dr. Candace Lukasik
Candace Lukasik is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley. Her dissertation project is entitled “Transnational Anxieties: Shaping a Minority Community between Egypt and the United States.” She explores the Arab Spring’s transnational effects through the lens of Coptic emigration to the United States.
Her research sits at the intersection of religion and migration, with a focus on Middle Eastern Christianity, U.S. geopolitics, and Muslim-Christian relations.
About Coffee With Bishop Suriel
In our busy lives, finding a resource to answer many of our faith-related queries can be challenging. Each Wednesday, join Bishop Suriel, a popular religious leader, thinker, and writer, as he presents a fresh perspective on Orthodox Christian faith with an emphasis on all things Coptic.
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