Earlier this year, we posted the first part of our list of Islamophobic attacks, compiled from sources such as The Huffington Post’s Islamophobia tracker, CAIR, and #HateHurts. This list has now been updated to include all attacks — defined by MuslimGirl as both verbal and nonverbal (i.e., physical or political) acts of prejudice or discrimination rooted in a fear or dislike of Islam and Muslims — from the date of the first debate of this 2016 Presidential election cycle to Dec. 30, 2016.
Though it is overwhelming both to compile and to read, Muslim Girl has done so with the hopes of shedding light on how powerful words and actions can truly be. As you look through these incidents, note the spikes in incidents after terrorist attacks and other global events spurred by self-proclaimed “Muslims” who have tainted the name of Islam for the purposes of their own hate-filled, entirely un-Islamic agendas. “In Order to form a more perfect Union” and set an example for the outside world, it is time that we acknowledge that we must first as a country address the hateful and harmful rhetoric that comes from within.
Furthermore, we recognize that although this list is extensive and the most comprehensive of publicly available lists, it is based on media reports and is therefore far from completely comprehensive; the Southern Poverty Law Center has issued a statement saying that it has received reports of 112 anti-Muslim attacks in the month following the election. Additionally, there are tens if not hundreds of more-than-microaggressions that occur each day against taxi drivers, convenience store clerks, grade school students, and thousands of other average Muslim Americans that go unreported because people are either scared of retaliation, or don’t have the time or resources to do file a report, among other reasons.
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