Hate crimes against Muslims in the United States shot up 67 percent in 2015 to their highest levels since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, according to new FBI statistics.
Overall, 57% of the 5,850 reported incidents were motivated by race or ethnicity, while 20% of hate crimes were related to religious bias, the federal law enforcement agency reported two weeks ago.
There were 257 incidents of anti-Muslim bias in 2015, compared with 154 the previous year. The number is second only to the surge in hate crimes following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, when 481 incidents against Muslims were reported.
While there was a huge increase in crimes against Muslims, Jews remained the most frequent target of religious-based hate crimes in the US, representing 53% of all those reported, the FBI said.
The report came at a time of heightened racial and religious tensions in the US following the presidential election.
CAIR says it’s all Trump’s fault
“I think these statistics are just a fraction of what we see on the ground right now,” Ibrahim Hooper, from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told Al Jazeera.
“We witnessed a spark in the number of hate crimes against Muslims in late 2015, and this number increased further during Donald Trump’s election campaign.
“We expect the situation to get worse in the future, based on the fact that Donald Trump had mainstreamed Islamophobia.”
“Donald Trump just named a white supremacist as chief strategist,” CAIR’s Hooper said. “We have no reason to believe things are going to get better for the American Muslim community or other minorities anytime soon.”
Maybe the fact that it was Somali refugee who attacked students at OSU yesterday and other such acts of violence made by Muslims might have something to do with it? What do you think?