Discrimination is Not Dead

by pw0311 on December 9, 2016 - 1:04pm

With Isis, and terrorism in general, on the rise, it is common for Americans to have fear. However, across the country muslims experience many different forms of discrimination just for being muslim which is not alright. Hakim Zainiddinov collected data from a 2011 survey to examine the prevalence and normality of discrimination among Muslim American racial and ethnic groups. Muslim Americans face a wide variety of discrimination from verbal abuse to physical threats. After 9/11, Muslims experienced a spike in religion-based that went from 21% all the way up to 60% just in their own communities alone. In addition, most Americans do not view muslims as white, latino, or black; as many as 74 percent of Americans believe that all Arabs are Muslims and all Muslims are Arabs. It’s not only Muslims being discriminated as well. Research shows that discrimination occurs across all different members of disadvantaged groups. This kind of narrow-mindedness and division only fuels and helps tolerate discrimination to such a large population of America. The data in this 2011 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center involved phone interviews with 1,033 Muslim adults living in the United States. They were asked six questions: “Have people acted as if they were suspicious of you?” “Has someone expressed support for you?” “Have you been called offensive names?” “Have you been singled out by airport security?” “Have you been singled out by other law enforcement officers?” and “Have you been physically threatened or attacked?”. The data was analyzed by placing each race into its own category and determined which races experienced which types of discrimination. The most astonishing results I found to be were that 56% of muslims experience one or more forms of discrimination  in their lifetimes. This means that more than half Muslim Americans are treated differently in a negative way simply because they may have a slightly darker skin tone and they practice a different religion. Which under no circumstances is okay.  Another important finding is that Hispanic Muslims have 5 times higher chances of being discriminated against than white Muslims. The reason behind this may be that their darker skin tone is mistaken for Arab (who are also harmless) so these Hispanic Muslims experience harsher and more frequent discrimination. On the other hand, White Muslims experience the least amount of discrimination which may seem like a good thing however they are still being treated differently based on religion which is never acceptable. Another detail that I found important and shocking is that muslim women have significantly lower odds of being physically threatened or attacked or even discriminated against relative to muslim men. This could be for a number of reasons. One being that women simply don’t report discrimination or they don’t experience it day to day like some men do. In conclusion, these studies prove that Muslims are included in one of the many disadvantaged minority groups in the United States.


 Zainiddinov, H. (2016). Racial and Ethnic Differences in Perceptions of Discrimination Among Muslim AMericans. Retrieved November 30, 2016, from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2016.1164877

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