Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Hate Crimes Toward Muslims

"A new report finds that the number of reported bias crimes and civil rights violations against Muslims in the United States soared to its highest level last year since the period immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, which did the study, attributed the increase to lingering animosity toward Muslims and a growing use of anti-Muslim rhetoric by some political, religious and media figures."

"The council counted 1,522 incidents in which Muslims reported their civil rights had been violated in 2004, a 49 percent increase over 2003. Another 141 incidents of confirmed or suspected bias crimes were committed against Muslims, a 52 percent rise." (Guardian)

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3 comments:

Tanya said...

Yesterday, I spoke to a Muslim cousin in India who is in the process of obtaining a visa to come to the US to go to school. The offical at the US consulate interviewing her for the visa asked "Why do you want to go to Amercia when so many Americans hate Muslims?"

Dody G. said...

there are about 10 million or more Muslims living in the US.

and you need to account the anomisity that happens between the pro and contra Iraq war in the country; which involves Muslims and non-muslims alike in both sides.

I think the perception is worse than reality.

Nisrin said...

I have lived in the U.S. my entire life and I have never felt discriminated or had an act of hate aimed towards me, but then again it is not obvious by my physical appearance that I'm muslim. I do not wear the hijab.

After 9/11, I did not tell anyone out of aiesec (www.aiesec.org) or my circle of friends that I was muslim. I never felt comfortable enough to reveal that about myself until a year later.

I agree with Dody that "the perception is worse than reality."