It’s obvious that Islamophobia is on the rise in America and in the world. And the rhetoric being used now is much more openly Islamaphobic instead of the coded messaging used before. I never really thought about Islamophobia before 9/11, and I thought it was interesting how Elba brought it all the way back to slavery. Once again I was ignorant about some African slaves practicing Islam, as I was alway taught about Traditional African Relgions. Although it makes sense that many slaves would have practiced Islam when they were brought to America, as it is one of the oldest and most widely practiced religions in the world.
I found the article’s definition of Islamophobia to be very interesting, “The presumption that Islam is violent, inassimilable, and prone to terrorism.” The amount of Americans who believe that Islam is a violent religion by nature is drastically high. Where Pew Research Center did a poll and found a whopping 41 percent of Americans believe that Islam encourages violence. Overall, the rate of Islamophobia is definitely on the rise. Recent rhetoric has shown that Americans aren’t only indifferent to it, rather they invite anti-islam rhetoric. If we are supposed to be a “melting pot” we need to be accepting of all cultures. Unfortunately it seems like we are failing.