Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Toll of Islamophobia

Among certain sections of the COGs it seems terribly popular to vilify Muslims collectively. But what does such talk produce? Vox has just released an article discussing Islamophobia which mentions the following facts.
It’s hard to overstate the real harm caused by individual expressions of Islamophobia, especially when they involve violence. A May 2016 report by Georgetown’s Bridge Initiative counted approximately 174 reported incidents of anti-Muslim violence and vandalism during 2015. These included 12 murders, 29 physical assaults, 50 threats against persons or institutions, 54 acts of vandalism or destruction of property, eight acts of arson, and nine shootings or bombings. 
That’s 154 more anti-Muslim hate crimes than were reported in 2014, and a huge increase since before 9/11: American Muslims are now approximately six to nine times more likely to suffer these kinds of attacks.

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