Anti-Muslim hatred has reached “epidemic proportions” according to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
Studies show on-screen depictions of Muslims have direct consequences on policy and legislation.
Helping improve Muslim representation in film and television is a unique inclusion opportunity across both class and race, given Muslims are a racially and geographically diverse faith group that makes up nearly 25% of the world’s population (1.9 billion people). Muslims are also the most likely faith group to live in poverty in the U.S., and more than half of Muslims in the U.K. live in poverty.
While most diversity initiatives don’t focus on religion, the racialization and marginalization of Muslims as a distinct group means we must directly tackle anti-Muslim hate, stereotypes, and erasure.