Perhaps the tide is turning. But even if it is, all of us who believe that anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions are wrong must remain vigilant.
A couple of months ago, the FBI released its Hate Crimes Statistics report for 2020. The good news, and that term must be carefully used, for the Muslim community and its allies is that reported hate crimes targeting Muslims fell in 2020 across the United States. According to the FBI, there was a 38 percent decrease in such attacks from 2019 to 2020, a figure that seems even more surprising because the overall number of
hate crimes rose in 2020 with attacks targeting Blacks shooting up dramatically.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations consistently documents anti-Muslim activity in the United States, and the information it collected and published in its 2021 mid-year report offers a sobering reminder that hate is an experience too many Muslims throughout the U.S. face each day. The report carefully documented roughly three-dozen cases, which ranged from school bullying to attacks on mosques.
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