Hate crimes committed against Muslims and mosques in the U.S. have tripled since the Paris terrorist attacks, according to an analysis from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino reviewed by the New York Times.
“The terrorist attacks, coupled with the ubiquity of these anti-Muslim stereotypes seeping into the mainstream, have emboldened people to act upon this fear and anger,” Brian Levin, the center’s director, told the New York Times.
According to the analysis, FBI data shows that in the past few years, there have been an average of 12.6 hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. each month. But in the past month, 38 anti-Muslim incidents have occurred. Eighteen of the incidents occurred after the San Bernardino shooting, according to the Times. Levin told the Times that they gathered data on the past month from news reports and civil rights groups.
Although it has increased dramatically, the rate of anti-Muslim attacks has not reached the levels following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“I’m saddened by this but not surprised,” Levin told the Times. “Whenever we see intergroup conflicts making headlines, we often see a spike in hate crime accompanying it.”
Attacks against Muslims following the San Bernardino shooting include a woman throwing hot coffee at Muslims praying in a park and a man punching a Muslim store owner. Numerous mosques have also been vandalized or set on fire.