More than two in five Muslim Americans have said their children faced bullying based on their religion, according to a new study by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
It’s no secret that many minorities, including Muslims, live in fear in the United States, especially since Donald Trump started his presidential campaign and spread his hateful rhetoric throughout the country.
This year, the ISPU think tank surveyed 800 Muslims from Jan. 4-23 and released a report “America Muslim Poll 2017: Muslims at the Crossroads” that reveals a chilling truth: 60 percent of Muslim Americans have been subjected to discrimination based on religion in 2016.
The survey also found that 42 percent of parents complained their children had endured insults and physical assaults at school last year. But perhaps, the most disturbing thing is that the harassment was not just committed by students but teachers and other school officials as well. Nineteen percent of the bullying was done by students along with teachers but 6 percent of the incidents were carried out by teachers and other staff members alone.
And it’s not just the students who became targets of discrimination. It’s all Muslims in general.
Around 38 percent of Muslims said they were afraid for their safety from white supremacist groups. Muslims were more than twice as likely (30 percent) as Jews (13 percent) or Catholics and Protestants (11 percent) to be stopped at the border for additional screening. Sixty-seven percent of Muslims stopped at the border claim they were easily identified — many by their apparel — as a person who followed Islam.
Despite that, the reports states “Muslims respond to prejudice with resilience and solidarity.” They also consider civil rights and bigotry the most important issues in the countries.
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