NEWSBUSTERS ABC on Friday did its best to find secret discrimination against Muslims, sending Good Morning America’s Bianna Golodryga undercover in a hijab (Islamic head covering). Yet, despite the misleading graphic, “Life Under the Veil: TV Experiment Exposes Bias,” the morning show didn’t find much bigotry.
Late in the segment, Golodryga admitted, “Overt discrimination is the exception.” When an ABC producer tried the experiment in New York, the correspondent acknowledged, “Everywhere, people went out of their way to be friendly.”
Yet, Golodryga kept trying. Going to the red state of Texas, she explained, “But it was different in my hometown of Houston. At the airport, I could feel all the eyes on me.” (Gotta love those Texans)
Wearing a burka, she narrated, “In a nearby mall, I wanted to see what would happen if I wear wore a more striking version of Islamic dress, which covers everything but the eyes and is less common here in the states. The stares increased.” (Quick, call CAIR, getting stared out certainly must be a hate crime)
If something is uncommon, wouldn’t it be likely that stares increase?
After a man walked by and offered a muffled comment, Golodryga deciphered, “It sounds like he said, ‘Islamic queen.’ I couldn’t tell if he meant it in a friendly way or not.”
To build the case for rampant anti-Muslim sentiment in America, Golodryga asserted, “According to the FBI, hate crime incidences against Muslims soared from 28 in 2000, to 481 in 2001. And still remain well above pre-9/11 levels.”
However, as Michael Doyle of the Sacramento Bee reported on August 28, 2010, hate crimes against Muslims are rare and occur less often than violence against Jews and gays:
In 2008, 105 hate crime incidents against Muslims were reported nationwide. There were 10 times as many incidents that were recorded as anti-Jewish during the same year, the most recent for which figures are available.
Golodryga concluded by marveling of her undercover experience on the subway: “People didn’t even pay attention to me as I walked around like a normal American. My religion didn’t matter.” One might wonder, then, what was the point of this segment on bigotry and “bias”?