Muslims in US still living under Islamophobia
Published: Sep 15, 2022 09:34 PM
Although 21 years have passed since the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred, the Muslim community in the US is still suffering from continuous hate, bullying, discrimination and violence against them, US experts said.

The 9/11 attacks ushered in a new era of hate crimes, ­racism, and xenophobia against Muslims, reported the Al-Jazeera English-language news 

channel on the 21st anniversary of the terror attacks, adding that hate crimes against Muslims in the US skyrocketed ­immediately after September 11, 2001, and are still on an upward trend.

"Muslims continue to be the target of hate, bullying, and discrimination as a result of the stereotypes that were perpetuated by Islamophobes and the media in the years following the 9/11 attacks," said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

He attributed the Islamophobia problem to the reason that the US government needs a common "enemy" to blame.

A total of 62 percent of Muslims report feeling religion-based hostility and 65 percent felt disrespected by others, said Zahra Jamal, associate director of Rice University's Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance in Houston.

Meanwhile, the US has a long history of "dehumanizing and marginalizing" ethnic and religious groups, including ­Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, and Asian Americans, the expert noted, urging the superpower to address the problem head-on.