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By the year 2050, one out of five Americans will be foreign born. Latino and Asian communities will increase significantly. There will be no clear racial or ethnic majority. Today’s perceptions of foreignness will challenge how Americans identify themselves over the coming years.
In light of these shifts, fierce battles are being waged over who is American. Far-right movements are converging around a shared strategy to legitimize and politicize racism and xenophobia.
From the backlash to the Muslim cultural center, Cordoba House, to anti-Muslim advertisements, legislative attacks on Islam, Qur’an burnings and violent attacks on places of worship, it is clear that deep-seated Islamophobia is increasing and becoming more mainstream.
Today, religious intolerance is steeped in racial hatred and includes strains of anti-immigrant rhetoric. Attacks on Muslim, Arab and South Asian Americans, and anyone perceived as Muslim are another tactic of those who wish to stop the demographic shifts taking place in America.
This issue of Imagine 2050 focuses on the Islamophobia movement, its leadership, and ties to a powerful anti-immigrant network that has perfected the art of mainstreaming nativism. Imagine 2050 believes in an equitable and inclusive democracy where people can live safely and freely across religious, racial, and ethnic identities. We are committed to providing readers with cutting-edge research and analysis every day on our online publication. Please visit Imagine2050.org to learn more about nativism and organized Islamophobia.