This is the final post from guest contributor Max Whittaker, a photojournalist based in California and member of @prime_collective, who is sharing his images from a story for BuzzFeed News. Words and photo by @maxwhittaker (the quote in the caption below is from the BuzzFeed story written by Hannah Allam).
//Portraits of campers at Muslim Youth Camp in Northern California.//
//It was great to spend a couple days at summer camp for @buzzfeednews recently. This time at Muslim Youth Camp, which began in 1961 as the nation’s first sleepaway camp of its kind, an early experiment that mixed Islamic studies and rustic Americana. "With a history stretching from President John F. Kennedy to President Donald Trump, the camp has helped shape the identities of thousands of Muslim children, many of whom grew up to become civic leaders.
Not long ago, Muslim campers mostly wanted guidance for dealing with tensions between their all-American sensibilities and their foreign-born parents’ rules imported from “back home,” such as no attending sleepovers or going to prom. Today, the kids ask darker questions, and even the youngest campers understand that much of the country — perhaps including the president — refuses to see them as fellow Americans."//••••••