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Sana Kadir, a Muslim student journalist, expresses her evidenced concerns with common opinion from media not playing fair

For student journalist Sana Kadir, media censorship of ideas plays an even bigger and more personal role.

“As a Muslim growing up in America, media censorship and media avoiding topics has hurt my community as a whole,” she said.

Ever since Sept. 11 of 2001, Muslims in the United States have faced more and more hate. The hate’s growing, according to the American Psychological Association- with the growth of commonly targeted terrorist organization ISIS, terrorists have a new stereotype- Muslims.

The Islamic community, Kadir said, is hurt as a whole ”when you see on TV that Muslims are being portrayed as terrorists, and not just a small group, but all of them.”  

According to more formal surveys by Pew Research and even some more informal analytics from websites like Quora, this stereotype should be seen as completely untrue. The research by these and other organizations shows that less than half of 1 percent of the Muslim world population are “extremist.”

Racism in the United States is not a new concept, and, according to Katir, is something that’s magnified by media coverage.

She said, those stereotypes happen “when you see a black person is looked at like a thug, when the media describes them.”

One common viral video, “Three Black Teenagers,” reflects the stereotypical negatives seen online. In the video, three friends demonstrate that Google searching “three black teenagers” brings up image results of prison inmates. Simply changing “black” to “white” pulls up pictures of friends.

“Then,” Kadir said, “white people are easily gotten off with their crimes because they have a mental disability.”

In fact, a recent article written by Time suggests that white criminals are responsible for more death in the United States than Muslim jihadists.