The psychological impact of people experiencing Islamaphobia is most crucially devastating. Experiencing this type of discrimination can lead to feeling not belonging anywhere and have a poor low self esteem. Moreover, rejection in any type of discrimination which in this case is religion, is not only painful but also tears down peoples self esteem which makes people feel less worthy, this attitude can cause generations pass it on and have major effects on people’s psychological health.
Many Americans who, unjustly, attack the religion of Islam and its faithful followers are, in reality, very ignorant on the subject of Islam and the beliefs of the religion. Their ignorance, fear, and need to find blame after such a traumatic event blind them from their own false stereotypes and generalizations, and they justify their own prejudice. This paper will first describe misconceptions of Islam that existed prior to the September 11th attacks and will then go on to describe how those negative stereotypes, along with the need to find blame, have caused many Muslims-Americans to experience incredible bias and discrimination, solely based on their religious beliefs. Americans, for many years, have misunderstood the nature and beliefs of Islam and the practices of its followers. The democratic values and ideals that are held sacred in the United States often skew the American peoples’ perceptions of foreign cultures and customs.
This implicit bias affects the hiring process for Muslims, which makes it harder to get jobs and easier to lose them. Many Muslims don’t have their neighbors’ full confidence making them feel insecure. There has also been a widespread of discrimination and harassment. Nearly 75 percent of Muslim Americans either know someone who has or have themselves experienced an act of anti-Muslim discrimination, harassment, verbal abuse or physical attack since September 11 (Zogby International). After 9/11 any attack that occurs Muslims are the first suspects, which clearly demonstrates the implicated bias towards Muslims.
They have different ways that it’s expressed, whether it’s in violence, harassment, discrimination when it comes to hiring or choosing people to fill people of power, vandalism, arson, destruction of property and many others. Another more common way that Islamophobia is shown is by the negative, stereotypical presentation of Muslims, Arabs, and aspects of Islam in the media. The negative and stereotypical presentation of Muslims, Arabs, and different aspects of Islam in the media is the reason that many Americans are ignorant about both Islam and it’s people, which made it easy for them to believe all the misleading, false and one-sided news that they present. It’s been reported that 80% of news coverage in America about Islam is negative, creating the American “close-minded” views of Islam. Most of the Muslims and Arabs on television are portrayed as the villains The racial stereotypes that are actively endorsed in Hollywood shows, movies, and cartoons are bombers, billionaires, and belly dancers.
A lot of Muslims fear for their own lives in America because they are being looked down upon and even targeted by some people. This fear and hatred against these innocent Muslims are defined as Islamophobia. I believe that this amount of Islamophobia that is happening in America
A lot of Muslims fear for their own lives in America because they are being looked down upon and even targeted by some people. This fear and hatred against these innocent Muslims is defined as Islamophobia. I believe that this amount of Islamophobia that is happening in America is ridiculous and should be fixed and stopped. The
Muslims have also taken a lot of harassment from those of the Christian faith as well because of their religious faith. In this essay the persecution of Muslim’s will be discussed and the various solutions that can be used to end their unfair treatment. One of today’s biggest problems towards Muslims is the hate that is displayed towards them after September 11th. We blame the innocent because of the works done by the extremist, “Second, I see as a victim the image of Islam around the world, which was distorted by extremists who do not speak for one billion Muslims around the World.” (Bhutto 294). These extremist would see any other religions wiped off the face of the planet because they do not believe in the Islamic faith.
The tensions involved with crises also causes Islamophobia. Appleby points out that events like 9/11, the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan makes people believe that the U.S. is losing their sovereignty and, “their interests are being threatened by outsiders”. A combination of these reason is the formula in making a person Islamophobic. This fear causes people to turn against one another and produces lots of hate. Hate is the fuel in which foolhardy decisions are made on, decisions like supporting presidential candidate,
Unfortunately, such coverage has contributed to the public and government misconceptions of all Arabs and Muslims as terrorists. According to Fawaz Gerges, "terrorism has emerged as one of the most important political issues in the United States...[linking] it to Islamic militancy..." (Gerges 79). Moreover, the media's skewed depiction of the Arabs and Muslims has perpetuated countless stereotypes that undoubtedly affect the American opinion. These stereotypes and misconceptions of the Arabs and Muslims clearly indicate a media bias provoked by ignorance and ethnocentricity. The elite media's role in the portrayal of the Arab culture and Islam following the Oklahoma City bombing has had adetrimental effect on America's public opinion, investigation proceedings, and government action.
Experiences of racial discrimination start from the time of adolescence and continue to the time of adulthood. Due to the fact that racial discrimination is long term, it can mentally tramatize and physically harm African Americans (Harrell, 2000). There are various aspects to racism, thus it is defined in many ways. In this current study, racism is defined as one racial group dominating another racial group and viewing the dominated group as lesser and inferior. As a result of this inferiority, the lower group does not have access to the same society resources as the high group (Harrell, 2000).