LET'S TALK ABOUT ISLAMOPHOBIA
Our explainer offers a few facts about the ban and expresses solidarity with the #ThisMeansLove campaign (details coming soon).
We believe that no person is illegal in a nation of immigrants, and our humanity must stand resiliently in the face of a growing fascist
dictatorship that believes executive orders are a substitute for genuine democracy.
ISLAMOPHOBIC RHETORIC: WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Muslims, which was recently overturned by the US Supreme Court, is yet another stymied effort to push forth his ambitious immigration policy.
Trump’s entire platform is a populist attempt to capitalise on the frustrations of America’s unemployment, racial divisions, and domestic and foreign policies, caused by previous administrations and escalated by his own.
Fortunately, it has been met with fierce resistance from demonstrators across the world, many of whom believe America is the product, not the victim, of immigration and should continue as so.
Underneath the rhetoric of Trump’s ban are a long list of contradictions, loopholes, and complete mistruths on which it is really based: America’s foreign policy of dominating the Middle East-North Africa region, controlling its resources, and humiliating its people.
BENEATH THE VEIL: A CLOSER LOOK AT ISLAMOPHOBIA
YOUGOV POLL FINDINGS
In America, Trump appears to be the de facto cause of the country's rise in xenophobia.
However, looking deeper into the numbers, one will find that the American Heartlands—the conservative, white, working-class types from the Bible belt and Midwest—form the core of anti-Muslim Americana.
A recent YouGov poll determined that 55% of Americans had unfavourable opinions of Muslims, but even more disturbingly, around 70% have actually never associated with one.
On the other hand, this bears irrefutable proof that, in the American Heartlands, most childhood monsters and superstitions have profound, irreversible effects on the adult psyche.
BREAKDOWN BY AGE
BREAKDOWN BY POLITICAL AFFILIATION
HOSTILITY TOWARD ISLAM IN AMERICA
EXISTS ALONGSIDE A LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH MUSLIMS.
The same YouGov poll also asked respondents the following questions:
"Do you personally happen to work with anyone who is Muslim?”
"Do you happen to have any friends who are Muslim?”
"Have you ever been inside a mosque?"