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Racism and Hate Crime Statutes on Muslims Post 9/11

The mosque built by Muslim residents in the town of Unitas was recently vandalized. Derogatory remarks were spray painted on the front of the mosque, such as "Go home, al-Qaeda." The police have made it a priority to find the vandals and will most likely prosecute the issue as a hate crime. The Muslim community is understandably outraged, and the mayor would like to make a public statement to address their concerns and show support for their community.

What types of issues have Muslims in the United States faced, especially since September 11? Be sure to give specific examples.
Research how communities and leaders have addressed anti-Muslim sentiment or actions to present some specific suggestions regarding actions that the town can take to reassure the Muslim community in Unitas and promote religious tolerance.
What are hate crime statutes, and what are the goals of hate crime statutes?
What would be gained by prosecuting this crime as a hate crime? Use research and examples to support your opinion.

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What types of issues have Muslims in the United States faced, especially since September 11? Be sure to give specific examples.

Since 9/11 Muslim communities have been racially profiled by police departments such as the New York Police department wherein police officers have posed as undercover agents to infiltrate mosques, community centers, and other venues through coercive measures that the Muslim community alleges has resulted in overzealous prosecutions of their citizens for entrapment crimes. In addition, suspicion still lingers about whether Muslim communities have allegiance with America as racist individuals even allege in a nefarious tone that the president is a Muslim with the intent on destroying America. Muslim communities still face hate crimes such as defacing of religious sites, opposition to mosques being built in communities, and racial profiling. Racial profiling has been a significant issue for Muslims, Singh's, and others from Southeast Asia that are perceived to be Muslim such as Indians and others. In Tennessee, members of the community vehemently opposed the ...

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646 words, with a reference included, discuss the types of issues Muslims face in post-9/11 USA as well as how they respond to anti-Muslim sentiment and hate crimes.

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