An Accurate Public Understanding of Americans who are Muslims has Never Been More Important
Thomas Jefferson famously said, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."
The majority of Americans do not know a Muslim.
Today, issues surrounding American Muslims are central in our political discourse, policy debates and popular culture. Yet most Americans say they don’t know a Muslim and, according to media content analysis, more than 80% of media coverage of Islam and Muslims in the United States is negative. This opens the door for a narrow media image to distort public perceptions of this diverse community.
Educating the Public as a Civic Duty
If “an educated citizenry” is vital to the health of our democracy, then providing accurate information on Muslim Americans is a civic duty. Muslims for American Progress (MAP), a project of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), aims to do just that.