Under Suspicion, Under Attack: Xenophobic Political Rhetoric and Hate Violence against South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab Communities in the United States is a SAALT research report that highlights findings of increased xenophobic political rhetoric and hate violence, explains best practices in community responses to such incidents, and includes recommendations for government leaders. Building on their 2010 report, SAALT collected 160 incidents of xenophobic rhetoric and hate violence in the United States from 2011 to 2014 that indicate growing domestic hostility and anti-Muslim sentiment. From the work presented in this report, organizations and individuals can better understand the nature and seriousness of this hostility and can find effective means to mitigate and respond to future incidents in a productive way.
The report is dived into two sections. Section One of the report presents the findings of SAALT’s 2011 to 2014 research broken into three categories: Xenophobic Rhetoric by Political Figures, Hate Violence, and Factors That Contribute to the Perception of Our Communities as Suspicious and Dangerous. The report describes the trends and nature of each type of discrimination and best practices for community responses. Section Two of the report provides recommendations to the president, Congress and Communities for addressing the increasingly hostile climate.
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States.
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