Research Paper 2016 - Running Head RELIGIOUS HATRED ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES Religious Hatred on College Campuses Maggie McDonald Virginia Tech Students

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Running Head: RELIGIOUS HATRED ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES 1 Religious Hatred on College Campuses Maggie McDonald Virginia Tech Students around the world face difficulties in school every day when they are enrolled in a college or university Some of these students also face numerous amounts of hate throughout their daily lives because they practice a certain religion, and many are afraid to practice their religion publicly because they may be made fun of or harassed. There are hundreds, if not
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Religious Hatred on College Campuses 2 thousands of examples of hateful graffiti being written about a certain religion or a person being verbally and physically harassed because they were wearing a yarmulke or hijab. These problems are also not limited to schools in the United States of America either, these issues are occurring all around the world, with similar situations happening in the United Kingdom at their universities. There were many collegiate groups at United Kingdom universities that have expressed hatred towards Jewish students because of the situation in Palestine with Israel. No human being deserves to be treated in such an awful and hate-filled way and the world needs to be more educated on the realities of harassment that people face every day because they are deemed “different” by their peers and colleagues. On September 11, 2001, the United States was completely changed due to three different terror attacks by the Islamic extremist group Al-Qaeda. Many Americans feared another terror attack, since this attack seemed like it came out of nowhere, and this caused people, especially in New York City, to begin to be afraid of Muslims and some people even began to hate people who practiced the Islamic faith, even though they may have been born in the United States, were citizens of the United States, or were here legally through visas. College aged students were very aware of the situation at hand and felt afraid and/or felt hatred towards the Muslim students in their university, even though these students had nothing to do with these terror attacks. Muslim students on campuses in New York City especially faced strong hatred every day they stepped foot outside because that area was very sensitive at this time and people were extremely paranoid of people around them that practice the Islamic faith, even though the Muslim people living in New York City at the time were equally as scared as everyone else. Lori Peek (2003) interviewed several Muslim students in New York City about their experiences directly after the attacks, “Most of the students reported that they felt safe on their university campuses and that the
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Religious Hatred on College Campuses 3 climate was overwhelmingly supportive.” Although most of these students’ campuses handled the situation well, there were still other things that these students had to face living in New York City. Peek (2003) explains that even though these students felt safe on their own campus, they
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