Muslim Students Blame U.S. Media for Islamophobia
November 21, 2006 § 4 Comments
The Glimpse Foundation conducted a study on 130 young Muslim students (American-born and foreign-born) to identify what Muslims feel about the United States and Americans. To the organizations surprise they found that Muslim views of the United States and its citizens is not at all what the media might have you believe. The results also show that the Muslim students have a growing distrust of the U.S. media however, the students overall opinion of the U.S. and Americans is positive as discussed in a recent press release,
“Most Americans associate Islam with violence and hatred of the West, but a recent survey of 130 young Muslim adults studying in the United States–both American- and foreign-born–paints a very different picture. For example, although 87% of respondents believe that Americans do not understand Islam and 63% believe that Americans are prejudiced against Muslims, an overwhelming 80% have a “generally favorable view of Americans.” Seventy-two percent believe that Islamic values are compatible with Western values.” (K. Goodkin, Glimpse Quarterly; PRWeb)
Bridging the gap between the cultures is an important element in today’s socio-political climate. However, not much bridging can be done by mainstream media or legislative powers despite big budgets, bells and whistles. Rather media reform concerning Muslims will be the result of a growing platform of Muslim pundits on the Internet. Which may inspire a recession from the blind acceptance of mainstream media? Or will the possibility of losing news-wars to “mere Muslims” force Media giants like Fox News and CNN to curb the high doses of neo-conservative hubris worked into their local, regional, domestic and global news feeds.
In conclusion, we know one thing is for certain, that Muslim pundits are moblizing in many ways across the West and although a conclusive outcome is out of reach now, the general census among us is that we have the capacity to do what religious leaders and politicians could not on their own and that is to ‘bridge the gap’ by creating dialogue of Islam here in the West.