First, it’s an important conversation starter with other communities and allies. Unfortunately, Islamophobia is too often thought of, by American Muslims and the broader society alike, as a unique problem directed at only one community – Muslims. ISPU’s research shows that Islamophobia is a threat to all.
Our map provides a “big picture” narrative, grounded in hard-data gathered from over 1600+ bills across all 50 U.S. states, which shows anti-Muslim bigotry is not an isolated phenomenon; it frequently overlaps with prejudices directed towards other communities. In other words, anti-Muslim prejudice isn’t a “Muslim” problem, it’s everyone’s problem. Or as Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Second, it’s a practical tool that provides you with the “value added” information for potential partners. Faced with a lawmaker who recently put out an anti-sharia bill and now your community is looking to build or strengthen partnerships with other communities? Moral arguments may be persuasive to some, but many others will only take notice if you can show how “your interests” and “their interests” are the same. Our data, made publicly available through this tool, shows how the same lawmakers that target Muslims also happen to often support laws that disproportionately harm other communities of color, national origin/ethnicity, civic association, gender, or sexual identity. It also contains legislative information on 1000+ state lawmakers from 2011 to 2015 across six different issue areas, including anti-Sharia legislation.
This data visualization map allows you to quickly review the links between legislation targeting a number of historically marginalized communities on a state-by-state level. All the bills listed are taken from regular legislative sessions in all 50 U.S. state legislatures between 2011 and 2015.