Trump Wins, Islamophobia Rises

The sharp increase in Islamophobic hate crimes post-election has not however emerged out of a vacuum. As newly published FBI data shows, Islamophobic hate crimes have been increasing for some time: in 2015 alone, there was a 67% increase. As the data shows, this is the highest number recorded since 2001, which was when the Islamophobic backlash that followed the events on 9/11 occurred. According to the Council on American-Islamic-Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation, this recent albeit dramatic upsurge is merely an acceleration of something that was already underway. For one of its spokespeople, Ibrahim Hooper, the future is looking particularly bleak for American Muslims, not least because he fears the levels of hate crimes currently evident will continue to increase.

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