Study Highlights Election-Year Islamophobia’s Negative Impact On Muslims

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A majority of Muslim Americans feel unsafe in the United States due to a divisive presidential election that, they report, has negatively impacted their lives, according to the preliminary results of a recent study conducted by Adelphi Unversity.Researchers assessed the impact of Islamophobia on the Muslim American community during the corrosive campaign for the White House. The results, although troubling, were not surprising, say watchdogs, given the rancorous rhetoric demonizing Muslim Americans, their role in society, and how their culture clashes with purported mainstream American values.Though the study is still incomplete, preliminary results were shared with the Long Island Press prior to its future publication in an academic journal. More than 600 Muslim Americans—43 percent who were US-born—have participated in the analysis since July. The final tally should reach around 900 participants, researchers say.The early findings come two months before voters hit the polls for a presidential election featuring a Republican candidate who has proposed banning all foreign Muslims from entering the United States as well as eavesdropping on American mosques. The implication being that Muslims are dangerous and that mass surveillance must be implemented in order to protect the country from them. Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Muslims have argued that violence is abhorrent and anathema to their religion, and those who commit acts of violence in Islam’s name do not represent the beliefs of 1.6 billion followers worldwide.Among the more disturbing of the study’s discoveries: 50 percent of respondents said they feel unsafe; nearly two-thirds reported experiencing discrimination in the past year; and perhaps most noteworthy, 93 percent reported that election-year Islamophobia had “some to extreme” negative impact on theirs and their families’ lives.Dr. Wahiba Abu-Ras, an associate professor of social work at Adelphi University in Garden City, conducted the study with Zulema Suarez, her colleague from Cappella University in Minneapolis, Minn. Aside from analyzing the real-life implications of anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States, Abu-Ras said that she hopes the completed study can be used to educate policymakers to make more informed decisions when addressing the needs of the Muslim American community.“Watching my kids listening to the news, asking them how they feel about it, has really driven me to address the Islamophobia and how this may impact [Muslims] in this country,” Abu-Ras told the Press.Researchers focused on Islamophobia’s impact on communities rather than the scale of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States today.A separate study conducted jointly by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and U.C. Berkeley Center for Race and Gender released earlier this year found that the number of mosque attacks in the United States quadrupled between 2014 and 2015. The same survey found that at least 74 groups specialize in promoting anti-Islam sentiment—nearly half of which collectively made $205 million in revenue.The Adelphi study was more personal. It found:Nearly all respondents reported that Islamophobia had some to severe impact on the Muslim Community;17 percent reported feeling “extremely to very safe” being a Muslim in the US, 36 percent said they feel extremely unsafe and 47 percent feel somewhat safe;62 percent said they feel the need to prove they are Americans;56 percent said they experienced their loyalty being questioned;89 percent said they feel that their lives have less value.The majority of participants (60 percent) also shared that their experience with Islamophobia within the last month of their responding to the survey was “much worse” than the previous year.Abu-Ras said she was not surprised by the preliminary findings, particularly from the respondents who reported experiencing negativity associated with the general election.“During 9/11, I believed people were discriminating against Muslims, and Islamophobia was still there, but [Islamophobia] was not as obvious as now,” Abu-Ras said.Anti-Islam rhetoric, she said, is no longer playing out behind closed doors.“It’s explicit, not implicit anymore,” she said.Corey Saylor, director of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at CAIR, was similarly unsurprised when told of the study’s preliminary findings.Saylor has been tracking anti-Islam sentiment for years. But starting in 2014 and continuing in 2015, he observed an uptick in a “rise in hostility” toward Muslims. The antagonistic behavior, he explained, peaked in November and December of last year, which coincided with the slayings in San Bernardino, Calif., and Donald Trump’s subsequent proposal to ban all non-US Muslims from entering the country. In all of 2015 there had been 78 reported attacks on US mosques, but 33 such incidents occurred within that two-month span, according to a report released by CAIR in June.“At this point, enough people know someone who has been objected to, at the very least, verbal abuse because of their faith,” Saylor said, adding that a “sense of insecurity when you go outside of your home is unfortunately more prevalent in the community than it was 10 or 15 years ago.”Some of the respondents in the Adelphi study reported feeling afraid of even socializing in public out of concern for their safety. Others said they deny their identity in public, while some parents have taken the drastic step of changing their children’s names.Most troubling of all is how people are coping with the problems facing the community, Abu-Ras noted. By hiding in the shadows, Muslim Americans are avoiding addressing the impact Islamophobia has had on their lives, she said. She hopes that the study will have an impact on policymakers.“There is a lot of policy that we can change,” Abu-Ras said. “Freedom of speech is not about cursing others; freedom of speech is about respecting others.”She compared what Muslim Americans are living through to the LGBT community’s experience in the United States.“I believe hiding in the closet for Muslims, not to show their faith, it really may impact our mental health and psychological well-being,” Abu-Ras said.Researchers hope to receive responses from several hundred more participants before November, when the nation finally heads to the polls and decides between two presidential candidates whose views on Islam are poles apart.last_img read more

Tripadvisor has launched the Review Hub – a service where reviews from all portals are available in one place

first_imgHow Review Hub Works The importance of responding to reviews The Review Hub is a paid subscription and is available to all restaurant owners, operators and digital marketing teams, and can be subscribed to on a monthly or annual basis. It is available in all markets in which Tripadvisor operates. “Only a small number of restaurant owners have the time to log in individually to each website related to reviews and respond to user comments. That’s why we’re excited to provide one tool to manage those reviews that will save them time“, Said Bertrand Jelensperger, senior vice president for the restaurant section at Tripadvisor. “The Review Hub is the latest result of Tripadvisor’s efforts to make online marketing and restaurant management as easy as possible for busy restaurant owners.” Tripadvisor Review Hub – example site There I can also respond quickly to any review – thank my guests for the feedback and share their side of the story. This response is automatically posted on the website or app where the review was originally posted, making online reputation management easier. The Ipsos MORI survey, conducted on a sample of over 23 respondents worldwide, also shows that six out of ten (63%) respondents said they were more likely to visit a restaurant if the owner responded to most reviews. And when a restaurant owner publishes personalized responses to reviews, more than three-quarters (77%) of respondents said they are more likely to visit a restaurant. The Review Hub displays a summary of ratings and reviews from multiple platforms, and allows restaurant owners to delve deeper into their unique review trends. So restaurant owners can see what works and where they can improve their user experience, with a full range of reviews from multiple sites. The survey shows that more than 90 percent of respondents think criticism is important when choosing a restaurant, indicating how important it is to pay attention to what restaurant guests write online. Online reviews are not only the experiences of previous guests, but also allow the owners to show potential future guests the best of their restaurant. In its constant efforts to help restaurants run their businesses and take control of their online reputation, Tripadvisor launched last week Review Hub(review center). Namely, it is a new interactive portal that allows restaurant owners to view user reviews about their restaurant and quickly respond to them, all from one convenient dashboard, whether the review is shared on Tripadvisor, Google, Facebook, Yelp or other major sites for reviews. Source / photo: Tripadvisor; Pexelslast_img read more

Monk calm over Koeman interest

first_img Press Association “I speak to him every day, he comes to training quite a lot and he sees the way we work but in terms of going on past this season, no I have not had any chats with the chairman.” Swansea host fellow strugglers West Brom this weekend in a game which Monk feels will be crucial to the Welsh club’s survival prospects. “You get defining games throughout season, and this is definitely one of them,” he said. “We want the three points and so do West Brom. “It’s a good game, a big game, but we’re in front of our home fans and it is important that we put on a performance to get the win.” Pepe Mel has failed to win a match since he was appointed by West Brom in January and the Baggies are now only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. There is a chance that West Brom will come up against Swansea striker Michu, who is close to full fitness following a three-month ankle injury layoff. “He’s trained well this week,” Monk said. “We’ve been assessing him every day and we tailor the training it to him. He has taken part in most of the sessions this week. “He’s been great and looked sharp on Thursday and we’ll make a judgement on him on Friday.” Koeman’s agent Guido Albers told the BBC that the former Holland defender is interested in moving to the Barclays Premier League when his contract expires with Feyenoord in the summer. Albers said Koeman was “willing” to move to the Liberty Stadium as Swansea are a “fantastic club with a lot of potential.” Garry Monk does not care that Ronald Koeman’s agent has been touting his client for the Swansea job. Monk was appointed as Swansea boss “for the foreseeable future” following the sacking of Michael Laudrup. Swansea are just four points from safety after failing to win any of their last six games, but Monk is not concerned by the comments coming from Koeman’s camp. “I don’t care – it doesn’t affect me,” the Swansea manager told a press conference. “This is the business we are in. “Players and managers will always be linked with other clubs, but I can’t worry about that. “Names will always be linked when a manager changes, and I guess this shows that everyone wants to work in the Premier League. It’s the most exciting league in the world so I don’t blame people for trying to get linked with certain jobs. “But I just have to focus on what I am doing, and that always means the next game.” Monk has claimed five points from his four league games in charge. The former Swans captain remains in the dark over whether he will continue in his position beyond the end of the season. “I have not held any deep talks with the chairman,” Monk added. last_img read more

Singin’ Stave: Leader of UW’s offense shows vocal versatility as he sings alongside his brother

first_imgWe knew Wisconsin starting quarterback Joel Stave could throw a football, but did we know the redshirt senior could sing? Maybe.Did we know Stave could sing while wearing cargo shorts?Definitely not.Alas, Stave has shown his various talents extend beyond the football field, as a recently surfaced video shows him and his brother Bryan Stave performing a cover of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s “Everything Has Changed.” his brother is at the forefront of the performance, boasting lead vocals with incredible falsetto and a smooth series of chords on the guitar, Joel makes some key contributions as he adds in some harmonies during the hook and a steady beat on the bongos.And this isn’t singing Joel Stave’s only performance — he’s also featured on another one of his brother’s videos performing an original song, “Tonight.” It carries a similar structure with Bryan on the lead vocals and guitar, and Joel adding in harmonies. The quarterback adds in some piano playing on top of his bongos, further proving his versatility as a musician and overall human being. though Joel’s vocal performance is crisp and his bongo playing is top notch, his stage presence could use a bit of work — a simple smile or two throughout the performance could have helped lighten the mood a bit.Nevertheless, Joel will likely wait to work on his stage presence till a much later date, as the quarterback and UW football team have a big matchup with No. 3 Alabama approaching this Saturday night in Arlington, Texas to open the 2015 regular season.And hopefully, for the sake of Badger fans everywhere, Stave proves he’s as gifted with his arm as he is with his vocal chords.last_img read more