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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 29, 2004 09:11 AM

The University of Michigan released a study purporting to show widespread abuse and harassment of Arabs and Muslims in America. From the Washington Post:

Derogatory comments — “Go back where you came from!” or “Ooh, are you a member of al Qaeda?” — were the most common form of abuse. Others alleged job discrimination and a small number reported physical assaults, researchers said.

Forty-two percent of Muslim Arabs interviewed for the survey in Detroit — an area with one of the largest concentrations of Arab Americans in the nation — feel their religion is not respected by mainstream society. Nearly 60 percent said they worry more about their families’ future than before the attacks.

Ed at Captain’s Quarters responds:

“Well, excuse me, but no s**t, Sherlock! I guarantee you that 60% of all Americans worry about the future of their families since 9/11. I worry about it every time I see my granddaughter, the Little Admiral. In terms of respect for their religion, it would help if groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other such organizations would worry less about namecalling and more about urging American Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement. Instead, we mostly hear how our foreign policy led to 9/11 and our need to listen to the terrorists rather than hunt them down and kill them.

And now we have this ridiculous study that claims 15% have received serious harrassment, only to find out that tasteless jokes count in the survey. Gee, can I start a survey among Irish-Americans that count every alcohol-related wisecrack I ever heard?

See also: Myth of the Muslim hate crime epidemic and More Muslim hate crime myths.

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