Henzell-Thomas (2004) identified the major problems which were perpetuated by Islamophobia and one of them being “the misleading association of Islam with specific cultural identities and practices, especially Asian and African. Sajid (2005) further reiterates this by “Islamophobia is a new form of racism whereby Muslims, an ethno-religious group, not a race, are nevertheless, constructed as a race.” The media in western hemispheres have been responsible for the misunderstanding of the Islamic faith as it is constantly depicted as a religion that condones acts of violence, terror and political unrest. It encourages the thoughts of individuals that Western culture is superior to that of Islamic culture. The media also fails to differentiate between Islamic beliefs and Islamic extremists, who are two different things which also facilitates misconceptions about their beliefs. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva asserts that the bigger picture is
Whether it’s race, religion, gender, etc., many people encounter bigotry in different ways. Islam is one of the religions that is discriminated against the most because of the stereotypes people have brought upon it. Muslims have experienced hate crimes, the travel ban, and intense security at the airport from the assumption that all Muslims are terrorists. There have been many recent reports of people discriminating against Muslims (violently or not), proving that it’s still happening in society today. The film Remember the Titans deals with the idea of discrimination, specifically racism, in America very well.
There are policies being developed by states and groups to help fight discrimination against muslims. The overall increase in Muslim hate crime is tremendous. Media and surveys show that muslims are feared and distrusted, and many communities have complained they do not want any Mosques in their neighborhood. People in office positions have claimed they believe mosques are controlled by Islamic Extremists. Although muslims receive an excessive amount of hate, immigrant citizens do as well.
A phobia, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something. Since the history of 9/11 terrorist attacks in the USA., a specific phobia has gripped in the Western population, which is Islamophobia. Many Americans grew up with the negative idea about Arabic speakers. However, Wajahat Ali’s “Inshallah is Good for Everyone,” published on April 22, 2016, in The New York Times shows a different perspective. Ali is a Pakistani American writer who was born in a Muslim family.
The research here would try to recognize any fine lines between bigotry and sexism and highlights the consequences that follows a practicing sexist bigot. Through analyzing various crimes and deviances, we will try to figure the connection between prejudice and discrimination. What is Bigotry and Sexism? Bigotry is intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself. (Google, 2016).It is also stated that the word "bigot" refers to a prejudiced, closed-minded person who is intolerant or hateful toward people of a different group, especially racial or religious.
According to Macfie (2002), one of the convictions that is widely held in orientalism is the belief that Islam unlike other religions, is inherently violent its followers believe in the doctrine of Holy War or Jihad. Springer (2009) believes that violence is a gross stereotype which is associated with the depiction of the culture in the context of 'war in terror '. African, Asian and Islamic cultures are said to be highly violent. Thus, any discourse that suggests violence should be viewed as contextually specific, because it is bound to particular places in which the culture of violence is formed. Therefore,
His definition is more specific and related to how hate speech affected people. While interviewing fellow classmates about what they define as hate speech there were many similar definitions. Many agreed that hate speech is anything that attacks someone based on their religion, race, gender, or sexual orientation. Some said that hate speech makes the world a scary place because people are so harsh. This proved to support Zafar’s notion that hate speech promotes an unsafe place.
When you look at the big picture you see that many things that are happening or that are legal, are against the constitution. Gay marriage, Silencing America, taking away equal rights, and many more. America is being silenced, people are being turned into “monsters” by the media, all because of words. It’s just words that offend people, it’s just a few letters combined together that can destroy a person’s image, or give officials the “right” to prosecute you, all because they used their right to freedom of speech. If we , as Americans are silenced, our government should be silenced
C: The atmosphere in America about hate speech has become a spotlight topic and there 's a discussion if free speech should protect it. E: The main argument against hate speech being allowed as free speech is the fact that it provokes people into actions. E: And the projection of hate speech in Charlottesville, Virginia led to a day of riots and a death of 1 person and 19 injured (Heim). A: this shows a direct connection from hate speech to violent actions.E: Another argument against hate speech is that it is cancerous in nature and will spread. E: throughout the internet hate speech is spreading and causing widespread bullying of minorities such as LGBT kids(Horne).
They think they might as well support it because they are stereotyped anyway. It will take a long time for communities to start mixing in more… Tony Blair addressed Muslims in particular, telling them that they need to sort out the problem within. That was a huge stereotype of the Islamic community.” As Hammasa states, when Muslims feel alienated by western culture, they may turn to extremism. “I feel after everything that 's happened Muslims are being stereotyped negatively. The whole community has been labelled and, whether they are guilty of crime or not, they are getting penalised for it.” She finishes.
For the 7,910,298 Muslims living in the United States, lack of understanding and poorly justified misconceptions has made life difficult (Kettani). People assume all Muslims have terrorist affiliations, alienating and outcasting them. Many followers of Islam cannot walk in the streets without being subjected to the burning glare of their fellow citizens. Mosques become targets of vandalism and violent anti-Islamic acts. “Muslims in America say they are more likely to be the victims of crime than the perpetrators” (Blank).
The media is a large aspect of society today around the world, and one of the ways the media is being used is to influence the public to believe a bad portrayal of Muslims. Currently Muslims around the world, but mainly in the United States are facing hate crimes. The largest influence on hate crimes is the fear that the media put in the public about Muslims, which creates Islamophobia, which is the dislike of our prejudice against Islam or Muslims. Islamophobia is a political platform used especially in America that politicians believe will lead to their win. The United States needs to change the way the media reports and should make sure that the media is used to inform the