Let’s talk about Islamophobia

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ISLAMOPHOBIC RHETORIC: WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Muslims, which was recently overturned by the US Supreme Court, is yet another stymied effort to push forth his ambitious immigration policy.

Trump’s entire platform is a populist attempt to capitalise on the frustrations of America’s unemployment, racial divisions, and domestic and foreign policies.

BENEATH THE VEIL: A CLOSER LOOK AT ISLAMOPHOBIA

A recent YouGov poll determined that 55% of Americans had unfavourable opinions of Muslims, but even more disturbingly, around 70% have actually never associated with one. Looking deeper into the numbers, one will find that the American Heartlands — the conservative, white, working-class types from the Bible belt and Midwest — form the core of anti-Muslim Americana.

HOSTILITY TOWARD ISLAM IN AMERICA EXISTS ALONGSIDE A LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH MUSLIMS.

The same YouGov poll also asked respondents the following questions:

ANTI-MUSLIM HATE CRIMES ARE ON THE RISE

Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric has caused a sharp rise in hate crimes 
across the US, where 180 were reported between March 2015–2016.

The irony of Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is that the candidate who promises to be tough on terror may be making America not only less safe for American Muslims, but for all Americans.

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