The FBI finally started tracking hate crimes against Muslims and people perceived to be Muslim last March. One year in, do these groups feel any safer?
It's hard to believe, but up until last March the FBI didn't track hate crimes against Muslims or people wrongly perceived to be Muslim, including Hindus and Sikhs. Sadly, the agency has had plenty of incidents to count over the last 12 months, particularly following the terrorist massacres in Paris, San Bernardino and Brussels. With each mass attack, politicians and media ramp up Islamophobic rhetoric and fear. It's no wonder that we've seen a sharp spike in attacks, vandalism and threats againt Arab- and South Asian-American citizens and their places of worship.