Monday, August 2, 2021

Play

Hundreds of thousands of Medi-Cal recipients are paying monthly premiums when they donít have to; Dr. Fauci predicts the pandemic will get worse.

Play

The Texas voting rights fight gets star power; lawmakers stage a sit-in as the eviction moratorium expires; and Senators work overtime on infrastructure.

15 Years After 9/11, WA Muslims Seek More Accurate Coverage

Play

Thursday, September 8, 2016   

SEATTLE -- Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. In the wake of the tragedy, American-Muslim communities across the country saw a surge of hate speech and hate crimes. And discrimination against these communities has lingered.

Arsalan Bukhari, executive director at Washington state's chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that in 2015, CAIR offices nationwide were the target of the highest number of reported hate crimes in history - amounting to an average of at least one report per day. The state chapter received 34 all year. He said inaccurate coverage of Muslims in the media can harm the community.

"The key message here is that hate speech leads to hate crimes,” Bukhari said. “And also proper context and accurate language in media reporting results in greater understanding. Inaccurate language and loaded context results in hate and prejudice."

Research by the University of Hawaii, University of Exeter and National Hispanic Media Coalition showed that the media can have a direct effect on hate and prejudice against minority groups. A study of prime-time news by Media Tenor found that Islam was mentioned more than any other religion, and that the coverage was overwhelmingly negative.

Bukhari said although anti-Muslim rhetoric from politicians has increased during this election season, the media still wields a great deal of power in how Muslims - or people believed to be Muslims - are perceived. He said the uptick in reported hate crimes began in late 2014.

"According to data, this is a trend that started well before the election season,” Bukhari said. "Again, the focus is not necessarily on what elected officials are saying but rather on how media stories and commentary that follows events treat minority groups."

Still, Bukhari said fair-minded politicians have a duty to provide more accurate depictions of American-Muslim communities.

"If lawmakers talked more about the 10,000 American Muslims serving in our nation's armed forces, if they talked about the 50,000 American Muslims who are medical doctors saving lives every day, if they talked more about the everyday lives and contributions,” Bukhari said, "the public would be able to get a more realistic understanding of who their fellow Americans are."



get more stories like this via email

Some tenants' advocates would like Virginia's new budget proposal for American Rescue Plan funding to include money for low-income renters to hire lawyers for eviction cases. (Adobe stock)

Social Issues

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's General Assembly Special Session begins today to budget more than $4 billion in federal COVID relief funds, and advocates …


Social Issues

ROSLINDALE, Mass. - A new report finds Massachusetts residents would rather repair electronic devices than send them to landfills, but manufacturers …

Social Issues

DENVER-During the COVID health emergency, the federal government made school meals available for free to all students, regardless of their financial …


The Blackfeet Reservation is one of seven tribal reservations in Montana. (Kushnirov Avraham/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

HELENA, Mont. - COVID-19 is underscoring the importance of ensuring that people's estates are in order, but estate planning can be be tricky for …

Social Issues

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Pandemic fallout still has U.S. states clawing their way back to normalcy, and New Mexico believes its decision to provide more …

In a new poll, 64% of New Hampshire voters said they think capital gains should be taxed at the same rate as income from wages; 56% support increasing the corporate tax rate to 28%. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

CONCORD, N.H. - New polling finds many New Hampshire voters think it's important that wealthy individuals and corporations pay what's described as …

Social Issues

AMARILLO, Texas - The American Farm Bureau Federation hosts more than 100 college level chapters across 35 states, but this is the first time its …

Social Issues

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - As activists mark more than 100 days of protest since the April 21 death of Andrew Brown Junior - killed outside his Elizabeth …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021