After Ted Cruz called for a program to "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods" — an idea immediately condemned as unconstitutional and ineffective — Muslims on Twitter responded with the hashtag #MyMuslimNeighborhood, a tongue-in-cheek way to push back against the idea that "Muslim neighborhoods" either exist or pose any kind of threat.
Some used it to demonstrate how a Muslim neighborhood is just an American neighborhood:
In #MyMuslimNeighborhood the firemen live next door to us with a dog named 'Freckles' & the police academy is down the street.— Fawzia Mirza (@thefawz) March 23, 2016
Or to show that neighborhoods where Muslims live are often examples of interfaith cooperation large and small, and of religion motivating people to do good:
Or to poke fun at the idea of a "Muslim neighborhood" in the first place:
#MyMuslimNeighborhood has a suspicious number of Toyota and Honda minivans parked in the driveways.— Amanda Quraishi (@ImTheQ) March 23, 2016
And a few took the opportunity to point out that Islamophobia in the US is a much bigger threat than whatever Cruz imagines is happening in "Muslim neighborhoods":