Americas View on Muslims

Posted on May 3, 2016 by



Ever since 9/11 a large number of Americans have had a negative view towards Muslims and Middle Easterns. You may think that this negative view has decreased since the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred 14 years ago, however it has not. According to the article titled “13 Years After 9/11, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Worse Than Ever” by author Dean Obeidallah from The Daily Beast, Dean writes “In October 2001, an ABC poll found that 47 percent of Americans had a favorable view of Islam. By 2010, that number had dropped to 37 percent. And today, alarmingly, only 27 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Muslim Americans.”

A large part of this negative view towards Muslims is because of the horrible acts committed by radical Muslims. In just the past couple years we have had the Boston Marathon bombing, the Boko Haram kidnappings of schoolgirls, and now ISIS and all of their attacks going on. These horrible acts done by radicals are the only time Americans see Muslims in the media. By only seeing negative things about Muslims in the media, and you have no personal connection to Muslims to offer a counter narrative then it is going to be hard to hold anything but a negative view towards them. Right after the 9/11 attacks George W. Bush said “Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don’t represent the best of America, they represent the worst of humankind, and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior.” Bush then added  “America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect.”

Today we find a majority of video games having to do with war such as Call Of Duty, have mostly Muslim representation as the villans. “Over the past two decades, Muslims have been one of the major video game villains, along with Russians and South Americans—whatever the “flavor of month” may be”, said Romana Khan Ramzan, a game design lecturer at the Glasgow Caledonian University in the United Kingdom. A Dutch-Egyptian video game developer named Rami Ismail argues “Popular games like Call of Duty franchise only help reinforce the mainstream stereotype that Muslims, regardless of nationality, are terrorists that need to be killed”.

When Americans learned that they were being spied on by the National Security Agency they were outraged. But many of those Americans today support law enforcement profiling of Muslim Americans, according to a poll released by the Arab American Institution. The survey, conducted by Zogby Analytics for the advocacy group, found that 42 percent of Americans believe law enforcement is justified in using profiling tactics against Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans. The survey also shows American attitudes toward Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans have turned for the worse since the Arab American Institute first began polling on the subject in 2010.

Besides media coverage and video games, just searching the internet for positive articles on Muslims is almost impossible, you can find a lot on Americans negative views on Muslims and even why we have those negative views but it is very difficult to find one article on positive things Muslims are doing for the community.

In conclusion, in today’s American society negative views towards Muslims continue to grow since they have started on 9/11/2001. This is due to the increasing news and media coverage of the few but horrible negative events cause by a small population of radical Muslims. And with ISIS continuing to grow and getting more and more popular topic and higher threat it doesn’t help to decrease this negative view towards Muslim Americans. Whether you’re on a plane and notice someone of Muslim relation, or sitting in a school and seeing someone of Muslim relation, there will mostly likely be someone around you that may feel uncomfortable or even unsafe due to the negative affiliations with Muslim and Muslim Americans.–attitudes-toward-muslim-americans-post-911?rgn=main;view=fulltext

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