The table below shows the hate-crime statistics for the years 2001-2009 (all data from the FBI Civil Rights division website):
|YEAR - -|| Blacks - -||Jews - -||Gays - -||Muslims - -|| Total|
This year we have been inundated by hysterical accusations about a wave of Islamophobia sweeping across America. It was specifically claimed that the strong opposition to plans to build a mosque at Ground Zero (or an "Islamic Cultural Center" in "Lower Manhattan", whatever) was proof of a sinister fascistic trend in America that would soon rival the anti-Semitic horrors of the mid 20th century.
The 2009 FBI hate-crime statistics clearly demonstrate that opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque is not symptomatic of some long-gathering groundswell of religious bigotry directed against Muslims. That is good news.
Also see these earlier posts from this blog: