Muslim Americans are seen the biggest victims of discrimination in the US today, but most Americans view Islam as more violent than other religions
More Americans believe Muslims in the United States experience a great deal of discrimination than think that is true for other groups. Seven in ten in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll say that Muslims face either a great deal or a fair amount of discrimination in America today.
More importantly, how does one know if a person of Middle Eastern descent is Muslim? My wife is Lebanese and is Catholic like me.
On the other hand, how many Sikh’s are mistaken for Muslim because of their head-dress? We have a lady in our parish who is very traditional and wears a head-covering to Mass, and she’s Hispanic.
Discrimination as you are describing is almost always based on appearance.
I think the article is delving a little deeper than that.
I think because Muslims are generally defined as people who look Middle Eastern. Obviously, not everyone who is of Middle Eastern descent is Muslim, but they’re more likely to be than not. Also, names. I’ve actually had people be surprised that I am white when they meet me because my name sounds “ethnic” (it’s not).
Also, Muslims, especially if they are women, tend to dress in ways that identify them. Christians do not tend to do this, unless they are part of a certain sect with a strict dress code. Noticing that someone is wearing a cross necklace is a different thing.
There were quite a few Muslims in my high school, and I remember after 9/11 that one boy in my grade got targeted. I didn’t much care for him because he was kind of a jerk anyway, but nobody needs someone deliberately chucking heavy balls at their head in gym class.
I loved Potato pancakes as a kid. I think the mac and cheese with stewed tomatoes was a Western Pennsylvania thing. I used to pick out the tomatoes.
My wife introduced me to Lebanese cooking. But I can’t master it in the kitchen.