Discrimination is a household issue in America, and more animated during political dialogues. In a CNN article titled “More Americans think Muslims face discrimination than any other group; Jews see sharp rise”, Grace Sparks reports on the outcomes of a survey on discrimination. In the study undertaken by Pew Research Center, the results indicated that Americans felt that segregation based on race, religion, ethnicity and other groups was still prevalent. The report indicates a noticeable change from a similar study in 2016.
Discrimination takes an “us versus them or the rest” dichotomy. The editorial heading highlights the findings on Muslims and Jews. Besides, the article includes a photograph of the first Congresswoman of Somali origin, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota. The Muslim congresswoman has been politically vilified by the President. Through a twitter post, the president associated Mrs. Omar to the 9/11 terrorists. From the research, the reporter states that 82 and 80 percent of the interviewed Americans consider Muslims and blacks respectively as the most victimized groups. On the other hand, the respondents’ answers on discrimination were found to be dependent on the race. Each group considered themselves as victims. Thus, the politics around the congresswoman practically reinforces the report. Sparks notes that the study was undertaken before the president’s attacking twit.
On the other hand, perceptions of discriminations are divided based on political and religious identities. The author writes that more democrats compared to three years ago felt that there was increased hate of Muslims. The rise was from about 75 percent to 56 percent. For Republicans, there was no significant change in the perceptions of segregation of various groups over the same period. Also notable predisposition was that the views were also dependent on the race of the respondent for the two political groups. On religious discrimination, more Americans agree that Jews are targeted by discriminative acts. The research indicated a rise from 11 to 13 percent
Sparks, G. (2009, April 15). More Americans think Muslims face discrimination than any other group; Jews see sharp rise. CNN, Retrieved from http://lite.cnn.com/en/article/h_0bd03b97c996575684571a87e8f96704