Today in Islamophobia

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compiled by the Bridge Initiative

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22 Jul 2019

Today in Islamophobia: Trump amplifies a known Islamophobe with a retweet., while the Chinese government maintains its denial of the Uighur crisis in its latest white paper release. In Canada, a misleading video about Sharia law stokes fear before the federal elections. Our recommended read of the day is by Richard J. McAlexander on the correlation between immigration and increased homegrown, right-wing terrorism. This, and more, below:


22 Jul 2019

Terrorism does increase with immigration — but only homegrown, right-wing terrorism | Recommended Read

Many people think that more immigration into Western countries leads to more terrorism, because immigrants from non-Western cultures are more likely to be terrorists. My research finds a very different kind of relationship. Immigrants aren’t committing terrorism in Western Europe. Rather, native citizens appear to be committing terrorism because of their hostility to immigrants. read the complete article

Our recommended read of the day
22 Jul 2019

Trump Promotes Activist Who Called for “Final Solution” for Muslims

Who’s Katie Hopkins? Per Todd Schulte, the president of the immigration advocacy group FWD.US, she’s an anti-Muslim pundit who called for a “final solution” for Muslims in her country following a 2017 terrorist attack. Per that Guardian piece, Hopkins also “wrote a column for the Sun in which she compared migrants to cockroaches and suggested Europe should use gunboats to stop them crossing the Mediterranean.” read the complete article

22 Jul 2019

Donald Trump in new attack on Sadiq Khan with Katie Hopkins retweet

Referring to a message from Hopkins that the Met’s Twitter account had been targeted by hackers on Friday night, in which she said officers had “lost control of London streets” and “lost control of their Twitter account too”, Trump tweeted: “With the incompetent mayor of London, you will never have safe streets!” read the complete article

United States

22 Jul 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar Receives Hero's Welcome Home Amid Trump Attacks

A crowd of people at the airport in the Twin Cities held banners with slogans such as "Stop Racism Now" and chanted "welcome home Ilhan" as the congresswoman emerged from her flight. "We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president," she said into a megaphone, "because his policies are a nightmare to us. We are not deterred, we are not frightened, we are ready." read the complete article

22 Jul 2019

It's 2019 And Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Ignoring Muslim Voters

With only a few days left until the July 23-24 conference, not a single Democratic presidential candidate was set to attend in person. HuffPost contacted every candidate for comment. Some replied to note schedule conflicts; others didn’t respond at all. That apparent lack of interest brings into harsh light what many Muslims say is an apathetic attitude within the Democratic Party toward their community. read the complete article

22 Jul 2019

Op-ed | Defenders of a Racist President Use Jews as Human Shields

It was Gorka who called Berger an anti-Semite, for having once joined in an internet in-joke about a nonexistent group called “Friends of Hamas.” (Gorka’s tweet appears to have since been deleted.) It wasn’t the only time this month that Gorka accused a Jew of Jew-hating; he’s also charged the anti-Trump conservative writer Anne Applebaum with “standing with the anti-Semites,” demanding that she explain “how you justify this to the community.” read the complete article

22 Jul 2019

Trump Employs an Old Tactic: Using Race for Gain

Long before he ignited a firestorm by telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to their home countries, even though three were born in the United States and all are citizens, Mr. Trump sought to pit Americans against one another along racial lines. Over decades in business, entertainment and now politics, Mr. Trump has approached America’s racial, ethnic and religious divisions opportunistically, not as the nation’s wounds to be healed but as openings to achieve his goals, whether they be ratings, fame, money or power, without regard for adverse consequences. read the complete article

22 Jul 2019

In ‘Send Her Back’ Fallout, Trump Amplifies Praise From Right-Wing British Commentator

President Trump on Saturday extended the debate over a chant of “send her back!” at his campaign rally in North Carolina this week when he retweeted a right-wing British commentator who has drawn repeated condemnation over a long history of anti-Muslim remarks and for casting blame on a Jewish leader for provoking a synagogue shooting. read the complete article

22 Jul 2019

Dozen of legislators pushed copycat anti-Sharia bills. Murfreesboro's Bill Ketron was one of them.

A USA TODAY investigation has revealed corporations and special interest groups have written more than 10,000 nearly identical bills that were introduced in state legislators across the country, with Tennessee passing among most of these copycat laws. Many of these laws are meant to counter Sharia law in the U.S., and some were written by far-right conspiracy theorists that believe radical Muslims have infiltrated the government. read the complete article

22 Jul 2019

Chris Wallace Confronted Stephen Miller Over Trump's Racist Tweets

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace pressed Miller on Trump's history regarding race. "There’s a long record here," said Wallace, after playing a clip of some of Trump’s most infamous racist moments. "When he questioned whether or not Barack Obama was an American citizen, when he said in his announcement that the people Mexico was sending to this country were not their best, they’re 'rapists,' they’re 'drug dealers,' and some are 'good people,' when he called for a 'total and complete shutdown'—the Muslim ban, something I know you were very involved in. That’s not protecting the American people. That is playing the race card." read the complete article

22 Jul 2019

S.E. Cupp: GOP is responsible for Trump's 'racist' and 'un-American ideas'

"You break it, you own it," the conservative host said on "S.E. Cupp Unfiltered." "The Republican Party is now fully and totally responsible for these racist, divisive, un-American ideas. They are yours as much as any policy is. In fact, it is the policy. Republicans can pretend that this is just rhetoric, but when Central American children are put in cages at the border as policy and when the administration pushes to cut refugee admissions to zero as policy and when the president implemented a Muslim ban as policy, it’s not just words. It’s the agenda." read the complete article

22 Jul 2019

Op-ed | For Some of Us, Being Told To “Go Back” Is an American Experience

What they really mean when they say, “Send her back,” is to take away the impossible triumph of what was once merely a fantasy for Muslim and immigrant girls in America. Growing up in a predominantly white suburb doesn’t disqualify one from having their “Americanness” undermined—quite the contrary—and now all the brown kids bullied in school know that neither does ascending to the House of Representatives. September 11 happened when I was a child, so navigating an intense anti–Muslim political climate is not new to me. read the complete article

22 Jul 2019

Pageant winner ousted after tweets on Muslims, black people

Kathy Zhu was crowned the pageant’s Michigan winner last week. She’s a University of Michigan conservative who’s active with a group called Chinese Americans for Trump. In since-deleted tweets from the last two years, Zhu alluded to Muslim women wearing hijabs as “being oppressed under Islam” and disparaged black people for “blaming others” in regard to crime. After being stripped of her crown, she posted a letter online in which pageant officials described her tweets as “offensive” and “inappropriate.” read the complete article


22 Jul 2019

How a misleading YouTube video is stoking fears about Shariah law before the federal election

A short, grainy YouTube video circulating on social media purports to show evidence of an imam claiming that if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is re-elected, he will institute Shariah law, the legal code of Islam, based on the Qur'an. But the video was taken out of context, according to the man featured in it, and it was created by Sandra Solomon, known for her anti-Islam views. read the complete article


22 Jul 2019

Xinjiang's Uyghurs didn't choose to be Muslim, new Chinese report says

China has delved back centuries in an attempt to justify its controversial policies in the far-western region of Xinjiang, where experts say up to 2 million Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities have been held against their will in vast detention centers. In a white paper released Sunday, the Chinese State Council Information Office painted Xinjiang as a religiously diverse community where a number of faiths had co-existed for centuries. read the complete article

22 Jul 2019

Muslim countries joined China in defending its cultural genocide of Uighurs. Aren’t they ashamed?

Countries recruited by Beijing delivered their own letter to the council, signed by 37 ambassadors, which endorsed what it whitewashed as a “counter-terrorism and de-radicalization” operation and claimed that “the fundamental human rights of people of all ethnic groups there are safeguarded.” read the complete article

United Kingdom

22 Jul 2019

Sajid Javid praises Nigel Farage in speech on extremism

The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has singled out Nigel Farage and the Brexit party for praise in a speech in London, saying: “They are not extremists.” In an incongruous moment in a speech about countering extremism, Javid said “credit” was due to Farage for walking away from his former party, Ukip, as it lurched to the far right. The move will be seen by some as an effort by the Tory party to extend an olive branch to the Brexit party. read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 22 Jul 2019 Edition


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