Hate Crimes Analysis: Muslims

2523 words - 11 pages

Hate Crime Analysis: Muslims

April Cox

CJA 540

October 21, 2011
Angela Williams

Hate Crime Analysis: Muslims

The United States of America claims to be the melting pot of the world, and claims to welcome anyone that wants to become a citizen and enjoy the rights that other Americans have. However, in reality this is not the truth, because hate crimes and racism have existed in the United States of America since the arrival of Christopher Columbus and the White man. Racism and hate crimes began with the White man pushing the Native Americans off their land and progressed through the arrival of the slave era. There exists a variety of other incidents where hate crimes have been ...view middle of the document...


The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (2003) defines hate crimes as, “a crime motivated by prejudice against a social group.” Collins English Dictionary (1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, and 2003) defines hate crimes as, “a crime, especially of violence, in which the victim is targeted because of his or her race, religion, sexuality or some other difference that offends the social norms.”
Applicable Case Examples of Muslims victimized by Hate Crimes in America:
According to The Leadership Conference (n.d.) since the terrorist attacks on America in September of 2001 hate crimes, which have been directed against groups such as Arab Americans, Muslims, and Sikhs increased tremendously. According to the report, “Confronting the New Faces of Hate: Hate Crimes in America 200” in 2001, 482 out of the 9,730 reported victims of hate crimes were Arab Americans, Muslims and Sikhs. This was a 17 fold increase over the year 2000. Reports have shown that there exists a decline in the victimization of these people since 2001 the numbers are still above pre-2001 levels.
Examples of hate crimes against Arabs Americans, Muslims and Sikhs are numerous.
According to B.A. Robinson (2001) within the first 36 hours after the attacks of September 11, 2001 the following examples of hate crimes against Muslims were as follows: the windows of a Mosque in Irving, Texas were broken by six bullets, resulting in $3,000 damage. A Mosque in San Francisco, California had a bag of blood and was labeled as Pig’s blood thrown on the door. In Alexandria, Virginia there was a Muslim bookstore, which was vandalized by four bricks being thrown through the window.
According to the Leadership Conference (2011) some additional case examples of such hate crimes are: the September 2004 accosting of eight female Muslim students at the University of California, in which three white males sprayed the women with water, threw water bottles at them, screamed cruel derogatory statements, made fun of the hijabs worn by the women and called them names such as “East Oakland Niggers.”
In July of 2007 on a Lake Tahoe beach 38 year old Vishal Wadhwa approached Joseph and Georgia Silva after the two called Wadhwa, his fiancée, and her cousin various names including terrorists and relatives of Osama Bin Laden. The Silva’s began kicking and beating Wadhwa which resulted in Wadhwa suffering the fracturing of several facial bones and an orbital eye fracture (Leadership Conference, 2011).
Gagandeep Sing, a 10 year old Sihk boy, was walking home from school in October of 2008 in Wayne, New Jersey when he was attacked by an unknown assailant who threw the lad to the ground and cut his hair. Sikhs treasure their hair and value it as a gift from God (Leadership Conference, 2011).
On January 1, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee an African American was killed during a confrontation with a Middle Eastern Store Clerk. The clerk was charged with murder. However, the killing stirred up...

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