Study Finds Muslims Face High Rates of Racism

Blurred crowd of people walking down the streetA majority of Muslims living in Sydney, Australia have experienced some form of racism, according to a survey. Researchers think a rise in worldwide Islamic extremist movements might play a role. As many as 250 Australians may have joined the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria.

Between 3 and 6 million Muslims live in the United States, making up about 1% of the population.

Percentages of Australian Muslims Who Experience Racism

Researchers from Western Sydney University, the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy, and Charles Sturt University surveyed 600 Muslims living in Sydney. The majority (62%) had experienced workplace or job search discrimination. Fifty-seven percent reported experiencing other forms of racism. Ten percent said they experienced “very high” rates of racism.

Unemployment numbers among Muslims in Australia support these statements. While the general unemployment rate in the region is 3.7%, Muslims experience a higher unemployment rate of 8.5%.

Despite these figures, 86% of respondents said they still believed relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in Australia were friendly. Ninety-seven percent of Muslims said they endorse multiculturalism.

The 2015 American Values Survey

The study comes on the heels of another study of attitudes toward Muslim values. The 2015 American Values Survey from the Public Religion Research Institute recently found 56% of Americans believe Islam is incompatible with American values.

This marks a rise in such feelings since 2011, when 47% of respondents thought the religion was incompatible with American values. Republicans (76%), white evangelical Protestants (73%), and working class Americans (67%) were more likely than other groups to believe the Muslim religion to be incompatible with American values. Fifty-seven percent of independents and 43% of Democrats also agree.

Overall, agreement was higher among white Americans (61%) compared to black Americans (48%).


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  • Mike


    December 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Well surely they don’t wonder why when so much of the violence world wide seems to be perpetuated by those who profess this as their faith?
    I am one who tries not judge based on something like that, but with so much hostility and violence in the news I will state openly that it is sometimes hard not to have those bitter feelings.

  • maxie


    December 4th, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    I think that it is just terrible that we would discriminate against a whole entire group of people over the actions of a few?

  • Lincoln


    December 5th, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    When was this study performed?

    Because of course after all of the recent bouts of terrorism worldwide I would have been more surprised if you had said that they had not been victims of this.

  • Carlos


    December 7th, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    At least there is still some intelligent minds remaining even after admitting to having been targeted for racism. I mean, many of the people surveyed still said that they feel that multiculturalism should be embraced, and look, we are a world made up of many creeds and colors. There has to be a reason for that or otherwise we would all be the same. I think that there are these differences so that we could learn from each other and not use it as an excuse to hate one another and practice hatred and violence.

  • Daniel


    December 8th, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    So Islam means submission. We are all about freedom That right there sounds like they are incomaptible

  • Yolanda


    December 9th, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    And I assume that if Trump is the next president then all of this is only going to get so much worse. It is bad already. He is turning friend against friend, citizen against citizen with all of this hate and anti Muslim rhetoric. we should be very concerned about the path that someone like this could lead us down. Look at history, we will see this is the repetition of a story that has disastrously been lived out before in Europe and it did not end well for more than 5 million people. Think about it.

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