After two failed Muslim bans and the rise of hate crimes across the country, Muslims in America are facing new challenges as well as fearing discrimination and hate based on their religion. The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding wrote a report based on an extensive poll, looking at what Muslims living in the United States care about and what issues they encounter in their daily lives. They worked with public policy advocacy group MoveOn to translate their important findings into a video.
The report’s key findings include:
- 80% of Muslims in America are under the age of 50.
- The three major concerns of the community are healthcare, education, and poverty; bigotry and racism; and the economy.
- Over 60% of Muslims reported personally facing religious discrimination in the past year.
- The Muslim community overwhelmingly supports the Black Lives Matter movement.
- The Muslim community is one of the most racially diverse religious communities, with
25% black, 24% white, 18% Asian, 18% Arab, 7% mixed race, and 5% Hispanic.
Half of Muslims are native born and half are foreign born, but 86% arecitizens.
38% of Muslims have expressed fear for their personal safety or that of their family from white supremacist groups as a result of the 2016 election.