- According to the FBI, Muslims are five times more likely to be the victim of a hate crime today than before 9/11. A 2012 found that 55 percent of Arab American Muslims have experienced discrimination and 71 percent fear future discrimination.
- More than a decade after 9/11, despite a few sympathetic portrayals, underlying narratives in television and film continue to portray Muslims and Arabs as potential threats to U.S national security. Arab and Muslim identities are politicized, racialized and criminalized.
- Even if at times inadvertent, these narratives make it easier to justify discrimination against Arab and Muslim communities in the United States and divide us as a country even as we seek to understand religious and cultural differences.