Oslo is everywhere. As we see bodies recovered and hear stories of young people who survived the massacre, our hearts ache. But in the last few days, we've learned that we are closer to the tragedy than we can imagine.
A new film and social media project invites Americans to share real life stories about their Muslim friends and neighbors, in an effort to dispel myths and fears about Islam among the 59% of Americans who say they don’t know a single person who is Muslim.
Last Friday, UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender and the Council on American-Islamic Relations released their first-ever report on Islamophobia in the United States. The report finds that incidents of Islamophobia have had a dramatic resurgence in the United States since 2008.
Just ten days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a man named Mark Stroman went on a hate-fueled violent spree in Dallas, Texas, killing two men who he perceived to be of Middle Eastern descent and wounding a third. Rais Bhuiyan was shot in the face, lost the sight in his right eye and endured years of reconstructive surgery. Now, nearly ten years later, Mark Stroman’s execution is scheduled for this July and Rais Bhuiyan is campaigning to save his attacker’s life.
At a Washington State gas station last Saturday, thirty-seven year old Jennifer Leigh Jennings pushed and kicked two Muslim women and shouted racial epithets at them.
The Sikh Coalition reports that at least 700 Sikhs have sufferd hate crimes in the ten years since 9/11.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will vote on a resolution condemning anti-Muslim speech and activity in the United States and Canada and promoting "respect, civility and love" toward Muslims.