September 29, 2022

For Muslim People, the post-September 11 ramifications of Islamophobia proceed because the twenty first anniversary of the assaults is solemnly marked on Sunday.

Based on FBI statistics, hate crimes in opposition to Muslims in the US skyrocketed instantly after September 11, 2001, and are nonetheless on an upward pattern.

“Muslims proceed to be the goal of hate, bullying, and discrimination on account of the stereotypes that have been perpetuated by Islamophobes and the media within the years following the 9/11 assaults,” stated Hussam Ayloush, government director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“Twenty-one years after the assaults, Muslims proceed to face the specter of focused violence.”

After September 11, Ayloush stated, there was “an ideal storm of the American individuals and its authorities needing a typical ‘enemy’”.

“The unlucky actuality is there are individuals and organisations that profit from perpetuating Islamophobia, bigotry, and conflict,” he stated.

‘Xenophobic commentary’

Islamophobia – which is outlined as the hate of, or prejudice in opposition to, Islam or Muslims – stays a prevalent downside within the US.

Zahra Jamal, affiliate director of Rice College’s Boniuk Institute for Spiritual Tolerance in Houston, stated 62 p.c of Muslims report feeling religion-based hostility and 65 p.c felt disrespected by others.

“That’s virtually thrice the proportion amongst Christians,” stated Jamal. “Internalised Islamophobia is extra prevalent amongst youthful Muslims who’ve confronted anti-Muslim tropes in fashionable tradition, information, social media, political rhetoric, and in coverage. This negatively impacts their self-image and psychological well being.”

She stated the numbers associated to discrimination in opposition to Muslims are alarming and present simply how a lot Islamophobia has elevated within the US over the previous 20 years.

Ayloush stated the statistics weren’t shocking contemplating the present unstable political local weather within the US perpetuated by former President Donald Trump throughout his time period in workplace.

“Trump’s presidency normalised being an anti-Muslim bigot. He made it socially acceptable to be overtly anti-Muslim,” stated Ayloush.

“Moreover continuously retweeting anti-Muslim rhetoric from Islamophobic entities from his now-permanently suspended Twitter account and stating throughout his marketing campaign that he thinks ‘Islam hates us’, he additionally made a number of xenophobic commentary and insurance policies about Muslim immigrants and refugees … with little or no regard to their discriminatory intent.”

Extra liable to violence?

Ayloush cited “the Muslim ban”which barred travellers from a number of Muslim-majority international locations from getting into the US.

“Though the present administration overturned the ban, we’re nonetheless coping with the ramifications of it to today with many households nonetheless being separated,” stated Ayloush.

He emphasised one stereotype that impacts the Muslim neighborhood the toughest.

“Essentially the most blatant falsehood to come up from the response to the 9/11 assaults is the concept Muslims are by some means extra liable to violence than different teams or religions,” stated Ayloush.

“This harmful and inaccurate ideology portrays Islam’s greater than two billion followers in a manner that in the end dehumanises them. Even worse, it has led to authorities insurance policies and legislation enforcement practices that surveil the Muslim neighborhood.

“Islamophobia doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Muslims are sadly not the primary, they usually sadly won’t be the final, group that faces hate and discrimination in the US,” stated Ayloush.

He famous the US has a protracted historical past of “dehumanising and marginalising” ethnic and spiritual teams, together with Native People, African People, Jews, and Asian People.

The one strategy to fight Islamophobia after 9/11 is to deal with it head-on, he stated.

“It is very important maintain individuals who perpetuate racism, bigotry, and xenophobia accountable for his or her hateful phrases and actions in all sectors, whether or not it’s on the border, on the airport, by legislation enforcement, or by a politician,” stated Ayloush.

“Within the final 20-plus years since that horrific day, we’re seeing increasingly more People selecting to face up for what is true.”

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