Following US president Donald Trump’s ascension to power, the world has seen a sharp rise in hate crimes against Muslims and other minorities.
A 2016 Georgetown University report documented the effects of Trump’s campaign rhetoric on his supporters. Whilst 2015 saw the sharpest increase in documented hate crimes (180 offences), new reports continue trickling into various watchdog sources.
As Trump fights to keep his travel ban in place and various US officials begin dialogue with foreign nationals, many are keeping a watchful eye on events surrounding the Muslim world.
The Charlie Hebdo, Bataclan, German Christmas Market, Orlando gay nightclub and other violent terrorist attacks have compounded societal divisions, spurring bitter resentment between various denominations of Western society, with secular and moderate Muslims caught in the crossfire.
Many are unsure as to how to ameliorate the crisis. Sections of the Left have tried to accommodate refugees fleeing hostile war zones within the MENA region, whilst far-right factions have pushed for legislation to close the borders and stave off further terrorist attacks. With no end in sight, all sides remain vigilant against new provocations.
The following SlideShare attempts to explain the root causes of Islamophobia.
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In light of Führer Trump’s disgraceful visa ban on six Muslim countries, we’ve decided to try a little ‘social experiment’ in order to expose the reactions of people towards Muslims, in the US, UK and elsewhere.
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Try different methodologies. Lollygag. Hug your local Sheik. Flash mob (the more, the merrier). Most importantly, just be yourself, but stay safe. Record your observations using our template, either via a journal, blog, social media, video, or with an old-fashioned pen and paper.
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