Prejudice on the Rise

From the Department of Why Should We Be Surprised: A new Washington Post/ABC poll finds that Americans’ attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims are increasingly negative, reaching levels not seen since the September 11 attacks. The wars in Iraq and Aghanistan, the Danish cartoon controversy, and the Dubai port deal are some of the events that, the newspaper suggests, could be responsible for the increase in prejudice. What’s even more interesting is that:

Ronald Stockton, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan at Dearborn who helped conduct a study of Arabs in the Detroit area and on views of them held by non-Arabs, said an exceptionally high percentage of non-Muslims feels the media depicts Arabs unfairly, yet still holds negative opinions.

The article makes no mention of how the media sees its role in all this. I think I’m going to go back to bed.

(Thanks to Eman and Larry for the link.)


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