In Idaho, refugees—especially from predominately Muslim nations—have been the subject of intense debate, with some claiming the Gem State is in line for an influx of "radical Muslims." Others, however, have demonstrated in favor of welcoming refugees regardless of their origins.
"I was afraid to go outside. If I stayed inside, I couldn’t mess up, except maybe with my words, which I policed carefully. I couldn’t speed, I couldn’t frighten anyone, I couldn’t break any law—no matter how tenuous—and therefore couldn’t be thrown in Gitmo," says American Muslim writer Shawna Ayoub Ainslie who shared her experience in a Huffington Post
We looked at data from the FBI on hate crimes against Muslims and found that her fear is not entirely groundless.
Looking at the figures compiled by the FBI, the number of anti-Muslim hate crime incidents jumped in 2001, from 28 to 481 incidents. The number dropped in the following years, but has never returned to levels reported before the 9/11 attacks.
We also wanted to take a look at the total number of hate crimes to get a sense of the bigger picture.
You can see an overall downward trend. But, if you factor out other religions, you'll see hate crimes against Muslims did not follow the general downward trend.
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Anti-Muslim hate crimes used to be the second-least reported, but in 2001, they became the second-highest reported among religious-bias incidents, after anti-Jewish hate crimes.
But while Jews are consistently targeted for their faith, the number of incidents has dropped significantly since 2008.
See an interactive version of the above charts at pri.org