ABC News Primetime: “She wasn’t dressed right.”–Prejudice Against Muslims in the USA

Posted on February 27, 2008



Feb. 26, 2008

The Sept. 11 attacks, the Iraq war and suicide bombings worldwide have changed not only the way we live but the way we look at those around us, especially Muslims. “Islamophobia” has entered the American vernacular, and the anti-Muslim attitudes and prejudice it describes remain common.

ABC’s production crew outfitted The Czech Stop, a bustling roadside bakery north of Waco, Texas, with hidden cameras and two actors. One played a female customer wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf, or hijab. The other acted as a sales clerk who refused to serve her and spouted common anti-Muslim and anti-Arab slurs.

The polarity of reactions was shocking, from support to seething disapproval. Never did we expect customers to be so passionate or candid.   Please play the video clip below to see a sample of what happened to a female customer wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf. 

After you are done watching the above video clip, please click here to read the comments ABC News received from day to day Americans about the video. These comments provide quite an insight into the feelings of America about Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad (s), and hijab.

Islamophobia Test: British React to Person in Hijab in distress

Other articles to read:

1. Islamophobia Test: British People’s Reaction to a Woman in hijab.

2. Muslim Women Pay An Expensive Price for Wearing Hijab in the U.S..

3. Types of Workplace Discrimination Faced by Muslim Women Wearing Hijab.

4. Canadians Interact Least with Muslims and Favor Hijab Ban.