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Hate Crime Hooey

Kenan Malik, "The Islamophobia Myth," Prospect, February 2005 (

Commentators and journalists frequently claim that Britain and other Western nations are amidst a huge backlash against Muslims, with racist attacks and police harassment becoming commonplace. Writer and broadcaster Kenan Malik was commissioned by a British television station to make a film about this scandalous "Islamophobia." The problem is, he could find no evidence of it.

Summarizing his research for the liberal British magazine Prospect, Malik writes, "My personal experience and the statistics that do exist both challenge these claims. When I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, racism was vicious and often fatal. …

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