Source: City Lab | Author: Tanvi Misra
A new non-partisan project finds that the national rhetoric has played a significant role in the rise of hate against Muslims in America.
The researchers behind the project intend to keep it updated as new numbers come in. Their goal is to make “it possible for a range of stakeholders to discuss anti-Muslim incidents with a shared set of facts. Is there an increase in anti-Muslim incidents? Where and when has anti-Muslim incidents been at its most pernicious and threatening?” the researchers write on their website.
Still, they caution that the database is not comprehensive. And beyond the numbers, it also excludes qualitative information on the impact of the incidents on Muslim communities in the United States.
“It makes them wonder: ‘Are they safe? Are they welcome here?’” McKenzie said. “[The project] does not capture the kind of fear each incident creates for the community.”