Cal State San Bernardino study shows hate crimes against American Muslims up 78 percent

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Arab America — Recurring terrorist attacks on U.S. soil along with racially and culturally divisive rhetoric on the campaign trail has fueled a 78 percent increase in hate crimes against American Muslims in 2015, a level unsurpassed since 9/11, according to a study by Cal State San Bernardino. The study is based on data gathered from law enforcement agencies in 20 states, representing 53.5 percent of the nation’s population.

“We can’t say that an increase in hate crime is caused by rhetoric, but it certainly warrants further study and caution in how we conduct our sociopolitical discourse,” said Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. What fuels such incidents, said Levin, is the prevalence of fear-based negative stereotypes, jihadist extremist rhetoric, and a sociopolitical movement that gels and coalesces, particularly around the defined leadership that is promoting it, with the Donald Trump campaign being an example.

“The study shows statements by political leaders can be followed by distinct changes in hate crimes,” said Kevin Grisham, who worked on the study and is the assistant director of research for the center.

The article was published Sept. 30, 2016.

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