The Curious Cases of Anti-Muslim Backlash That Turned Out To Be False

Americans are constantly warned by mainstream media that our prejudices and intolerance radicalize Muslims.

new study in the journal Personality and Social Science Bulletin finds that the more Muslims feel “dehumanized” by American society, the more inclined they are to support violence and the less inclined they are to assist law enforcement in fighting terrorism. “If we use rhetoric and enact policies that make Muslims feel dehumanized, this may lead them to support exactly the types of aggression” that we hope to discourage, says the study’s coauthor.

This powder-keg narrative is so ingrained that it recurs almost reflexively after every terror attack. And yet the much-predicted backlash never materializes, in spite of a veritable industry promoting the idea.