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Students chant while marching at a rally against Islamophobia at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, on Nov. 23, 2015. (Reuters)
Students chant while marching at a rally against Islamophobia at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, on Nov. 23, 2015. (Reuters)

Islamophobia in America hurting women and children

Muslim women are speaking out that they feel particularly targeted by a section of the American population which has failed to distinguish Muslim-Americans from terrorists.  Women wearing hijab may feel as if they might as well be wearing targets on their bodies.  Sirin Kale reports on the recent incidents of violence and harassment caused by the intersection of misogyny and religious intolerance.

Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has identified that 55 percent of Muslim students in U.S. schools have faced harassment and one out of five of them has been discriminated against by staff members at school.

CAIR estimated in 2014 that 29% of Muslim students wearing hijab would experience bullying or physical harassment such as scarf pulling.

On college campuses throughout the nation, protest movements against Islamophobia are growing in support and increasing their activities, often patterning after the Black Lives Matter movement.  The national movement does not yet have a name.

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