Today in Islamophobia

A daily list of headlines about Islamophobia
compiled by the Bridge Initiative

Each day, the Bridge Initiative aims to bring you the news you need to know about Islamophobia. This resource will be updated every weekday at approximately 11:00 AM EST.

Today in Islamophobia Newsletter

Sign up for the Today in Islamophobia Newsletter
08 Aug 2019

Today in Islamophobia: Beto O’Rourke calls Trump a white supremacist, as a recent Politico poll shows 47% of US voters view white supremacy as a threat. An op-ed by Parker Molloy emphasizes conservative media’s consistent ‘downplay’ of the threat of right-wing extremism. Our recommended read of the day is by Amina Khan on a recent experiment on German railways aiming to counteract bias against Muslim passengers. This, and more, below:


08 Aug 2019

Train station experiment reveals one way to counteract bias against Muslims | Recommended Read

An experiment conducted in German train stations involving paper cups and escaping oranges has found that people are less likely to help a woman if she appears to be Muslim — but they’re more likely to help that same woman if she somehow proves that she shares their social values. The findings, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal that discrimination is a somewhat fluid phenomenon that can be mitigated — within certain limits. read the complete article

Our recommended read of the day


08 Aug 2019

Commemorating the Victims of Utøya and Remembering Islamophobic Violence

Eight years ago, on 22 July 2011, the bloodiest terrorist attack following the end of World War II took place in Western Europe and shook the Western world. In the year of the terrorist attack by Brenton Tarrant, who was inspired by Breivik’s violent actions, it is time to look back at what has happened with regard to racist violence that draws on anti-Muslim propaganda. read the complete article

United States

08 Aug 2019

Radio | Considering Impacts On The Muslim Community, Are CVE Programs Really The Best Way To Fight Domestic Terrorism?

In the aftermath of two mass shootings this past weekend, one in Texas and another in Ohio, national security experts have called for ramping up resourcesagainst domestic terrorism. The U.S. has spent a couple decades employing resources against Islamic terrorists, following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. But some of those efforts had severe consequences for a specific group of people: Muslims. As experts call for aggressive action against homegrown terrorism, we discuss the implications of Countering Violent Terrorism (CVE) programs. read the complete article

08 Aug 2019

Right-wing extremism in America is a real threat. Conservative media downplaying the problem only makes it worse.

For decades, conservative media have avoided grappling with the idea that right-wing extremists and white men pose a significant threat to American citizens. The fact that we are still debating whether white nationalism is a threat worth taking seriously in 2019 demonstrates the efficacy of right-wing media. read the complete article

08 Aug 2019

More US voters see white nationalism as a threat: poll

Forty-seven percent of voters said they perceive white nationalism as a threat, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday and taken in the days after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, last weekend. It’s a 10-point increase from March, when 37 percent of voters said white nationalism was a threat in poll that followed the New Zealand mosque shootings. read the complete article

08 Aug 2019

Anti-Muslim Graffiti Painted on Halal Butcher Shop After Cow Slaughter Controversy

A halal butcher shop in Bloomfield that was at the center of the controversial public slaughter of a cow was targeted by vandals who sprayed an anti-Muslim message on the side of the building. Police said Wednesday that they were dispatched to 52 Granby St. to take a complaint of vandalism. Saba Live Poultry is located at 52 Granby St. Halal butcher shops like Saba slaughters animals using knives in accordance with Islamic dietary laws, according to NBC News. read the complete article

08 Aug 2019

O'Rourke calls Trump a white supremacist

"He's dehumanized or sought to dehumanize those who do not look like or pray like the majority here in this country. He said I wish we had more immigrants from Nordic countries because those from Haiti bring AIDS, those from Africa come from shithole nations. He’s been very clear about who he prefers to be in this country and who he literally wants to keep out with walls and cages," O'Rourke added. read the complete article

08 Aug 2019

Video | Woman Banned From Sesame Place After Allegedly Telling Muslim Woman to 'Go Back' to Where She Came From

A woman was banned from Sesame Place after a caught on cam argument that surfaced on social media. The woman allegedly told a Muslim woman to go back to where she came from. read the complete article


08 Aug 2019

Uyghur Love In A Time Of Interethnic Marriage

Since 2018, there has been a notable rise in articles promoting marriage between Han men and Uyghur women. At a time when many people across China think of Uyghur men as potential terrorists and Uyghur women as potential fashion models, a new interethnic sexual politics is being institutionalized across Xinjiang. Although historical rates of interethnic marriage between Uyghurs and Han Chinese has been a tiny fraction of one percent of Uyghur marriages, since 2018 there has been a notable rise in articles promoting marriage between Han men and Uyghur women. read the complete article

United Kingdom

Boris Johnson’s racist comments would rule him out of joining police, UK counterterror chief says

Boris Johnson would be barred from joining the police because of his remarks describing black people as “piccaninnies” and comparing Muslim women to “letterboxes”, the UK’s most senior counterterror officer has said. Asked whether someone would be allowed to join a police force if they had made the same comments, Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu said: “No, they wouldn’t be recruited into policing.” read the complete article


08 Aug 2019

Air Canada blasted for allegedly asking girl, 12, to remove hijab before boarding

On Aug. 1, Fatima Abdelrahman was flying from San Francisco International Airport to Toronto for a squash competition, Canadian news site Narcity reports. It was Abderlrahman’s first time flying alone without family. After having her passport checked and passing through airport security, an unnamed Air Canada employee reportedly pulled the girl aside and insisted that she remove her headscarf, the preteen told City News. read the complete article

Today in Islamophobia, 08 Aug 2019 Edition


Enter keywords


Sort Results