Americans are constantly warned by mainstream media that our prejudices and intolerance “radicalize” Muslims.
A new study in the journal Personality and Social Science Bulletin finds that the more Muslims feel “dehumanized” by American society, the more inclined they are to support violence and the less inclined they are to assist law enforcement in fighting terrorism. “If we use rhetoric and enact policies that make Muslims feel dehumanized, this may lead them to support exactly the types of aggression” that we hope to discourage, says the study’s coauthor.
This powder-keg narrative is so ingrained that it recurs almost reflexively after every terror attack. And yet the much-predicted anti-Muslim backlash never materializes, in spite of a veritable industry promoting the idea.
In point of fact, American society is incredibly tolerant of Muslims and even Islamists. FBI statistics still show that most anti-religious hate crimes in the US are perpetrated against Jews. Even in the days following the election of Donald Trump, when the media was ablaze with talk of anti-Muslim backlash, Muslims constituted just 6 percent of “hate crimes” documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), one of the loudest voices warning of so-called “Islamophobia” in recent years.
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