New Survey Shows Majority of Muslims Experienced Support After September 11

August 23, 2002

Source: The Detroit News

On August 23, 2002 The Detroit News reported that "the terrorist attacks last Sept. 11 triggered acts of kindness, as well as bias toward Arab Americans and people of the Muslim faith, a survey released this week found... ���The nationwide survey, released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, found that 57 percent of Muslim Americans said they experienced bias after the attacks, but 79 percent of them also said there were gestures of kindness from others in the form of verbal reassurances and support because of the backlash... 'The results of this survey shows that while we have all gone through a traumatic year in our nation's history, there is hope for the future if Americans who support and practice tolerance challenge the vocal minority who seek to divide our nation,' said Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C."