The authorities in new York announced the beginning of a social campaign for the support of local Muslims. The reason for this step was the increase of violence against members of this religious group, reports the website of the city Commission on human rights.
The main slogan of the campaign reads: “I am a Muslim. I’m from new York.” Pictures with him and pictures of men and women living in new York and professing Islam, will be distributed in social networks with the hashtag #IamMuslimNYC.
Along with the distribution of the plan to conduct a number of outreach activities, including public forums, seminars on culture and the dissemination of information on antidiscrimination laws.
In the Commission’s report noted that such steps are being taken in light of the recent negative rhetoric” to the representatives of Islam, including immigrants and refugees. “Now more than ever, it is important that all new Yorkers have rejected hatred and violence. In new York everyone deserves a respectful relationship, whether Christian, Muslim, Jew, Sikh, Hindu, agnostic or atheist. It does not matter, said mayor De Blasio. We are all new Yorkers, and we all deserve to live in safety and not be subjected to hatred or discrimination.”
According to the Commission, currently in new York city is home to over 8 million people. Thousands of them are Muslims. The U.S. is home to approximately 3.3 million members of this religion, Reuters reports.
According to research, the last time Muslims were more likely to be discriminated against. So, from March 2015, there were about 180 cases of crimes against Muslims, including 12 murders. For comparison to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2011, according to the FBI, annually were recorded from 20 to 30 crimes motivated by hatred of Muslims. According to researchers at the University of California in San Bernardino for 2015 crimes motivated by hatred against American Muslims increased by 78%, writes The New York Times. Some scientists believe that this reaction against representatives of Islam is caused not only by a series of terrorist attacks in Europe and the US, which has occurred in recent years, but the intimidating rhetoric of some American politicians, including presidential candidates, US Donald trump, the newspaper notes.