Muslims fear discrimination in U.S.

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A new report by the Pew Research Center reveals that more Muslims in the United States are becoming concerned about discrimination, are leery of President Trump, and believe Americans do not view Islam as part of mainstream society.

In a telling comparison, a 2011 survey, during the time Barack Obama was president, indicated that most Muslims felt the president was friendly towards them and thought the country was headed in the right direction.

Now, in the Pew survey conducted since Trump has taken office, almost two-thirds of all Muslim Americans report being dissatisfied with the current direction of the country, and half of all Muslim Americans say it is now harder to be a Muslim in the United States.

A large majority (70 percent) of all Muslims in the United States say they have faith in the American dream, and despite 48 percent who say they have experienced discrimination in the past year, an almost equal number (49 percent) say someone has expressed support for them.

The survey reports that the U.S. Muslim population is “growing and highly diverse,” and is made up of immigrants from at least 75 nations – the vast majority of whom are not U.S. citizens.

Concerns about Islamic extremism is also high among U.S. Muslims, as 82 percent say they are concerned about extremism in the name of Islam. However, they are leery of U.S. law enforcement: At least 30 percent feel that officers who arrested Muslims on suspicion of plotting terrorists acts just “tricked” the suspects, and they feel those Muslims did not pose a real threat.

The Pew survey estimates there are approximately 3.35 million Muslims currently living in the United States – up from 2.75 million in 2011, and 2.35 million in 2007 – and they account for approximately 1 percent of the total U.S. population.

Around six out of ten Muslims over age 18 in the United States were born outside the country and immigrated here, with South Asia being the area from which the majority (20 percent) came, and with 14 percent having come from the Middle East or North Africa.

Muslim adults in the U.S. are young – a full 60 percent of them are under the age of 40, while only 38 percent of the entire U.S. adult population is under age 40.

The survey revealed that two-thirds of all U.S. Muslims are Democrats, or lean toward the Democratic Party, with only 13 percent of them identifying as Republican.

In last year’s presidential election, a total of 44 percent of U.S. Muslims said they voted: 78 percent reported they voted for Hillary Clinton, and only 8 percent said they voted for Donald Trump.

The Pew Research Center’s survey of 1,001 Muslims in America was conducted on landlines and cell phones during the period of Jan. 23 to May 2, 2017.

The actual definition of “discrimination” is below:

dis·crim·i·na·tion
dəˌskriməˈnāSH(ə)n/
noun
  1. 1.
    the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
    “victims of racial discrimination”
    synonyms:prejudicebiasbigotryintolerance, narrow-mindedness, unfairnessinequityfavoritism, one-sidedness, partisanshipMore

  2. 2.
    recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another.
    “discrimination between right and wrong”

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