Seems you can’t open a newspaper or turn on the TV news and not face some story about the rising time of Islamaphobia, with those narrow-minded Americans (outside California and New York of course) blaming terrorist attacks on Muslims in general and lashing out at all members of that faith.
Well, the latest report on hate crimes presents a narrative at odds with that in the MSM:
Blacks and Jews were the most likely victims of hate crimes driven by racial or religious intolerance in the United States last year, the FBI said Monday in an annual report.
Out of 6,604 hate crimes committed in the United States in 2009, some 4,000 were racially motivated and nearly 1,600 were driven by hatred for a particular religion, the FBI said.
Blacks made up around three-quarters of victims of the racially motivated hate crimes and Jews made up the same percentage of victims of anti-religious hate crimes, the report said.
Anti-Muslim crimes were a distant second to crimes against Jews, making up just eight percent of the hate crimes driven by religious intolerance.
Do hope the rising tide of anti-Semitism does get more attention because it is a real problem. And not just here in the United States.
And the ugly stain of American’s original sin, slavery, still endures, alas, with many black Americans still targeted. We’ve come a long way since the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement, but still have a ways to go.
That a black man could win the Republican primary for Congress in the heart of the Confederacy shows how far we’ve come. Tim Scott won his primary — and general election — with mostly white votes in a region once defined by its racial divide. (More on that election anon.)