Increase in reports of Islamophobia in the US skyrockets post 9/11.
According to a new report, complaints filed after anti-Muslim incidents in the United States have tripled over the past few decades.
“For the first time, the total number of cases decreased, specifically a decrease of 23%,” Ammar Ansari, CAIR’s research and advocacy coordinator for CAIR, said in a new CAIR civil rights report. Anadolu Agency (AA).
“But while we see this as encouraging, we have to keep in mind that if we look at the data from 1995 to today, it’s still three times more than in the years after the 9/11 attacks – the number of complaints,” he said.
Ansari said that according to hate crime reports published annually by the FBI, “hate crimes against Muslims rose in the United States immediately after 9/11 and continue to be an upward trend in this country.”
He said that Islamophobia is institutionalized, exploited, and internalized in the United States. Some of these examples where we see Islamophobia being institutionalized are the Patriot Act shortly after 9/11, the Countering Violent Extremism program by the Obama administration that targeted Muslims almost exclusively through anti-Islam false perceptions, as well as the ban on Muslims by Trump administration.”
“Anti-Muslim politicians and activists are using Islamophobia, think tanks and the media to push their agenda. The classic example we see is that Trump would say things like Islam hates us in the early days of his presidential campaign in 2015 as a strategy to divide the country and win the presidency.”
Ansari said Muslims in the United States are often categorized based on race as Arab or South Asian.
So, the experiences of a South Asian Muslim in America when compared to the experiences of a Black Muslim, for example, while both can face similar discrimination on the basis of religion, we must also recognize that their racial identities can expose them to different forms of systemic and personal discrimination in the United States. Like anti-black racism.
“But the consequence of this racism is that even non-Muslim communities are targeted by Islamophobia. So, the first person killed in a hate crime after 9/11 was an American Punjabi Sikh, Balbir Singh Sodhi, in Arizona, who was described as an Arab man by Mutlaq fire “.
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