Hate crimes perpetrated against those of Arabic descent or Muslim faith have been spiking around the world every since conservative governments like the Trump administration or England Conservative Party Boris Johnson’s have found footing. Many of these crimes are times to take placing just before, during, or just after the Islamic holy month of fasting, also known as Ramadan. In 2020, that spate of crimes occurred in April.
Nicholas J. Proffitt set fire to an Islamic Center in Missouri on the very first morning of Ramadan earlier in 2020. He was subsequently arrested and charged with a hate crime — arson with the intent to cause property damage. This event was especially distressing to the Muslim American community, which was already struggling under increased pressure because of COVID-19.
Here in the United States, Black Lives Matter protests have erupted in response to police brutality disproportionately committed against minority groups. Europeans have taken notice of these protests as well, with many demonstrations taking place in solidarity with Americans across the world. But Muslims argue that if steps to address systemic racism against African Americans in the U.S. don’t include crimes committed against other minority communities — like Muslims — then all of that work will be for nothing.
Especially if the racism all over the world doesn’t stop growing.
North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said, “Having spoken to many victims of hate crime, I know the shattering impact it can have on lives, livelihoods and families. To be targeted because of who you are is absolutely unacceptable. Too many think that the issue is not a serious one for North Yorkshire and York. My message to everyone is that it is, and we can only tackle hate crime if victims report offenses to the police — no matter how hard that might be.”
The increase in racism in America even spurred a Black Separatist movement which the SPLC Year in Hate Report said was “a reaction to centuries of institutionalized white supremacy in America. Black separatists believe the answer to white racism is to form separate institutions — or even a separate nation — for Black people.”
The report continued: “As in years past, Black separatists had no influence on mainstream politics or policy, unlike the white nationalist movement. Despite a few incidents that garnered national news attention, these groups continued to operate on the fringe of society, and as a reaction to institutionalized white supremacy.”
It’s easy to see why the Muslim response to racisms and hate crimes perpetrated against their communities is far more measured — it’s because that racism is much more overt. More often than not, authorities look the other way.
It’s important to remember that this pandemic of racism is hardly confined to America. Similar numbers of Germans, Poles, and English frown upon the Islamic faith. This is primarily because of the misguided notion that Muslims are violent in nature, when that violence occurs through the actions of only a few fanatics.