Justification Of Islamophobia

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There is no reason for the United States to return to internment camps and segregation with the progress for equality ongoing, but with the rise of terrorism and racial targeting, Muslims are scapegoats in a country that is constantly undergoing change. Islamophobia, or the fear of Islam, is not the reason to justify hate crimes against millions of people attempting to live their lives. Muslims do not have the opportunity to seek justice like the Civil Rights movement groups did as Muslims are already seen as a threat to US society and will be meet with strong resistance from all sides, even among their own people. Exploring how Islam impacts United States culture and society, demonstrating how Islamophobia is spread through social media and …show more content…
Founded by Muhammad in the 7th century, Islam first came to the United States through the slave trade. The slaves managed to retain their faith, leading to a population of about 3 million Muslims living in modern day America. While Islam is the second-largest faith in the United States, it often comes in conflict with society, politics, and even with other religions. Furthermore, this lead to Islamophobia, or prejudice against Islam. Thus, Islamophobia has lead to the justification of violence and hate crimes against Muslims, but a majority of Muslims has minimal involvement in terrorism. Unfortunately, people are using this fear to their advantage, not caring for the dangers it creates for some of the country’s own citizens. For example, politicians, such as president-elect Donald Trump, have even promoted violence for the safety of the people that will descent to chaos if not stopped. Islamophobia in the United States has lead to social, political, and religious change for what a few terrorists had done in its name and tolerance of Islam will prevent future conflicts in the effort to combat …show more content…
What appears to surprise many critics is that the majority of the secular Muslims in the United States do not watch the news media so therefore have no way to project their voice in combating the stereotypes that were placed on them (Khan, 2007). Then, there were the minuscule population of radical Islamics that became the voice of the Islamic community, leading to Islamophobia spread rapidly. The media is quick to blame Muslims for supposed terrorist attacks such as the Oklahoma City bombing in April 19, 1995, which was eventually later known, planned by two white American men (Gerhauser, 2014). Muslims, on the other hand, were scapegoated when terrorism is caused by their people while many white citizens jumped to the conclusion that the two white terrorists were just mentally ill and not in total control of their actions. This is what creates racial divides a radical extremists aim for, isolating and forcing neutral Muslims into joining groups like

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