A Simple Intervention Reduces Anti-Muslim Sentiment
According to research conducted over five years in the U.S. and Europe, non-Muslim respondents blame Muslims for attacks by individual extremists acting in the name of Islam at nearly four times the rate that they blame white people for attacks by extremists acting in the name of white supremacy.
Non-Muslims may sometimes be unaware that they are committing this double standard, which points to a pathway for intervention. This intervention can help mitigate anti-Muslim bias that collectively blames an entire group for individual acts.
This infographic helps demonstrate how the “hypocrisy of collective blame” can lessen hostile sentiment towards Muslims.
Dr. Emile Bruneau was the founder and director of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at Penn’s Annenberg School of Communication.