Anti-Muslim Bigotry Intensifies in U.S.
Posted: August 27, 2010
The following is a sampling of reported incidents related to
On February 4, 2011: A Muslim man was stabbed in the neck with a pocket knife at a bar in St. Petersburg, Florida. During a verbal altercation preceding the incident, the attacker allegedly told the victim, "Muslims are the root of the problems," according to the arrest report.
October 16, 2010: Two Muslim women in Tukwila, Washington, were allegedly attacked by another woman at a gas station. The perpetrator, who was charged with a hate crime, allegedly made a reference to "suicide bomber" and slammed her car door on one of the victim's legs. The assailant also allegedly kicked one of the Muslim women. According to reports, as she was being booked by the police officer, the woman said that the officer was "only doing this because he's the same race and religion as those two ladies."
October 11 2010: Four teenagers from Staten Island, New York, allegedly attacked a 16-year-old classmate for his Muslim faith. The victim said that his attackers called him a Muslim terrorist and punched in the groin. The teenagers face hate crime charges.
August 25, 2010: A man stabbed a New York City taxi driver in an apparent hate crime. The attacker allegedly asked the driver if he was Muslim, referenced military checkpoints and uttered an Arabic phrase before attacking the taxi driver with a knife.
August 24, 2010: A man allegedly attacked a convenience store clerk he perceived to be Muslim is Seattle, Washington. According to the police report, the attacker, who has been charged with a hate crime, punched the clerk in the head and then said, "You're not even American, you're Al Qaeda. Go back to your country." Prosecutors reportedly say the clerk was targeted because he was wearing a turban.