The Novel Coronavirus is Not an Excuse for Bigotry

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 13, 2020 in Blog

As concerns rise over the global pandemic COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus, so too have racist attacks and discrimination against individuals of Asian descent. Such attacks have occurred around the globe – in public transit, schools, businesses, and even on sidewalks – individuals of Asian descent are being targeted by violence and increased discrimination over an incorrect and bigoted assumption that someone with Asian heritage is likely to carry COVID-19. Indeed, even the Centers for Disease Control released information on stigma and resilience related to...

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Underreported, Under Threat

Posted on August 11, 2019 in Publications

In a period of increased xenophobia, racism, and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment, we cannot afford to overlook the importance of improving our response to hate crime. 

Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans consists of three parts. Part One provides important context to the nature of targeted violence against Arab Americans. Part Two features a compelling selection of case studies that demonstrate the nature of anti-Arab hate crime, the harms inflicted on individuals and communities, and the limitations of existing laws, policies, and their irregular enforcement to address those harms. Part Three retraces...

Hate Days A Week

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on July 19, 2019 in Blog
Last year Trump set the ceiling at just 30,000--a record low. And as of June, only 18,000 refugees were actually admitted in 2019. Politico reported that, while the White House wants to set the number of refugees admitted at zero, executive branch agencies are advocating for up to 10,000, a fraction of what America has historically accepted and an insulting number given the backdrop of one of the worst refugee crises we have seen in modern history. 
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Hunter’s Hunt for Bigotry

Remember California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter? When his seat was first challenged by Arab American Ammar Campa-Najjar, Hunter resorted to a campaign of bigotry, releasing an ad portraying his opponent as a member of a plot by “radical Muslims… trying to infiltrate the U.S. government.” Hunter managed to hold on to his seat. But now that prosecutors are accusing him of using hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions on personal expenses, including (get this...) multiple affairs, Hunter’s wife is cooperating with prosecutors. All of this is really bad for Hunter, which...

Keep Away the Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses...

This week, the Trump Administration issued a rule which will deny asylum to migrants at the US-Mexico border on the basis that they should have claimed asylum in the first country through which they passed. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi expressed concern, stating that the rule will “...put vulnerable families at risk…. This measure is severe and is not the best way forward.” The UNHCR stated it is “..ready to play a constructive role if needed…” This is where we are, folks: The UN is concerned about human rights in...


Posted on July 18, 2019 in Press Releases


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July 18, 2019

Washington, D.C.- On Thursday, July 18, 2019, AAI issued the following statement: 

Behind the seal of the President of the United States, Donald Trump incited a gathering of his followers into chants of “send her back” about a sitting member of Congress. The scene targeting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at last night’s event in North Carolina should send chills down the spines of every American of conscience.

This is not about the President of the United States anymore. His racism predates even his birther conspiracies about the country’s first black President,...

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Statement by James Zogby on Presidential Bigotry

Posted by Tess Waggoner on July 15, 2019 in Blog

On Monday, July 15, 2019, AAI President James Zogby issued the following statement: 

President Trump's recent two day Twitter tirade targeting four women Members of Congress was nothing more than a frightening racist appeal to what he considers his "base." This is not a racist dog whistle, this is a siren marking the unmistakable intent of this president to make the spread of bigotry and animosity among Americans the centerpiece of his electoral strategy.

On the one hand, we have seen this before: Father Coughlin in the 1930s, George Wallace in the 1960s and 1970s, Pat Buchanan in the...

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This Election Deepened America's Tribal Divide

Posted on November 10, 2018 in Washington Watch

By James J. Zogby

This election was the meanest, dirtiest, and most disgraceful in my lifetime—and it will have consequences. Even before the results began to be reported on late Tuesday night, we already knew who the losers were going to be – the American people and our political culture. The damage done by President Trump's divisive rhetoric will be with us for a generation. While Trump's advisers had urged him to focus on the good news about the economy during the last few weeks of the election, he opted instead to preach a message of fear. His target was...

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Unprecedented Increase Expected in Upcoming FBI Hate Crime Report

Posted by Kai Wiggins on October 31, 2018 in Blog

  Introduction: A Nationwide Increase Expected

On Tuesday, November 13, the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program will release national hate crime statistics for 2017. But thanks to research from AAI on state UCR hate crime statistics already available, we have a sense of what the federal data will show.

As in 2016 and 2015 before, we expect yet another increase of reported hate crime incidents in 2017, representing the first three-year consecutive annual increase since 2001.

So far, AAI has collected 2017 hate crime data from 27 states and the...

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