ISIS is not an existential threat to America. The real worry in U.S. is the rise of Christian Extremism and its Islamophobia. Radical Right elements and their fundamentalist mindset are a real and growing threat to the existence of America.
A New York City man dressed in a traditional Pakistani salwar kamees was hospitalized after being brutally beaten in the Bronx on Friday. As they pummeled him they shouted “ISIS. ISIS.” Reuters reported: “The attack comes amid increasing anxiety in the United States over the threat posed by Islamic State, also known as ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for militant attacks around the world.” No mention was made of the increasing anxiety that American Muslims feel as violence against them increases.
Donald Trump did not create negative attitudes toward minorities, nor did he invent Islamophobia. He has substantially helped to create an environment in which the violent expression of these attitudes is becoming more acceptable. His media-enhanced publicly embraced expressions of prejudice have intensified the paranoia of many who feel threatened by their diminished importance within the changing demographics of America. A small percentage of these self-diminished people are expressing themselves in violent acts.
Reporting facts is only one part of the responsibility of news organs. When the media fail to speak out against his racist rhetoric they are complicit in the increased acceptance of racism. Their reluctance to call hate speech by its name is part of the reason we see violent Islamophobia growing in America.