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Muslim is the new black

‘Islamophobia’ is spiraling out of control after series of extremist attacks

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There’s a new group under scrutiny in America. If 2014 was the death of the young, black male, 2015 is the year of the downfall of Muslims.

With the most recent terrorist attacks and threats from the militant group ISIS, Muslims around the world have come under fire, especially those in the U.S. The rationalization that one group is responsible for the actions of a few has led to what is being coined as “Islamophobia,” prejudice against Islamic people or Muslims, especially as a political force.

The hatred towards Muslims reached a political crescendo when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” – including Muslim-American citizens. The hate has reached critical mass with Muslims being targeted in hate crimes around the globe.

“I believe that the majority of fears about our religion stem from ignorance,” said Abdullah Khalil, a member of the Idris Mosque in Seattle. “Islam is not ISIS.”

Khalil believes that Islam is not suicide bombers and terrorism.

“Islam is beautiful religion that is followed by millions around the world,” he said. “People just need to take the time to learn about us instead of making judgments based on what they hear from the mainstream media.”

According to Khail, since the 9/11 attacks there has never been more fear to be a Muslim in America. There have been misconceptions based on the media portrayal of ISIS and Muslims. People have learned to use the two terms interchangeably.

“I don’t understand how they can say they are Muslim, but they go against Muslim rules,” junior Sadia Ahmed said. Ahmed is Muslim.

Ahmed recalled one instance in which she experienced discrimination at work. While she was selling food at CenturyLink, she was called “ISIS” by a white male, simply because she was wearing a hijab, a veil worn by Muslim women.

Not all Muslims get the same type of discrimination because of looks according to senior Aliyah Sop.

“I don’t look like the ‘typical Muslim.’ I don’t cover my hair, or look Middle Eastern or African,” she said. “People are so afraid of what they don’t know.”

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