The Visibility of Muslims in America

A detailed look at the present-day Muslim voice in America.

This paper begins with a brief history of Muslims in America and discusses the government’s attention toward Islamic concerns, political and religious outreach efforts, and media visibility in general.
The most common stereotype, among American society, concerning Muslims was that they were radical terrorists who hated the Western world. This false accusation became a great embarrassment for America when journalists and politicians, with little evidence, rushed to point fingers at Muslims during the early hours after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. As the investigation continued, the media was soon made aware that their rash judgment was wrong. Yet, more of the same happened after TWA flight 800 crash in New York in 1996 (Lebor).