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How to be an ally and a friend
By publicly and vocally speaking about the American Muslim children and families they know, allies - leaders as well as everyday people who are not American Muslims themselves - have done an enormous amount to promote millions of fellow Americans' understanding of American Muslims’ lives.
An ally can publicly and vocally support her/his American Muslim friends, co-workers, classmates, neighbors, family members and others in a wide variety of ways. The best way is to take every opportunity to speak publicly and vocally – through letters to editors, interviews, speeches, etc. – about the lives, contributions, hopes and dreams of American Muslim families and children they know. Our Allies page provides tools and concrete ideas on how you can do this.
Research: American Muslims are Model U.S. Citizens
A new survey by the ISPU found that American Muslims are among the most religious and patriotic citizens. 85% of American Muslims "have a strong American identity," just like 84% of Protestants. They are also just as likely as other Americans to identify strongly with their faith — 89% of Muslims, 84% of Jews, and 95% of Catholics and Protestants shared the sentiment. Read the full survey report at: www.ispu.org/poll
1 in 18 Medical Doctors in U.S. is American Muslim
Loaded News Coverage, Commentary Can Fuel Hate, Prejudice
Research by U. of Hawaii, U. of Exeter & National Hispanic Media Coalition indicates that media content can have a direct effect on hate and prejudice against minority groups. It’s the tone of news coverage and commentary, not an event itself that determines how the public reacts and whether members of a minority group will face hate violence. Accurate language can inform readers, while loaded ethnically and religiously language misleads readers and fuels hate and prejudice.
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