Washington -- Today, on the anniversary of Trump’s racist, xenophobic Muslim ban upheld by the United States Supreme Court, the Crescendo Project at Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE) released “The United States of Islamophobia,” a report revealing the corporations across the country that are contributing to anti-Muslim hate and discrimination at home and around the globe. The report was written in partnership with the Public Accountability Initiative.
"This report sheds light on different ways, big and small, in which we are all complicit in perpetuating a culture of Islamophobia in this country,” said Saqib Bhatti, Co-Executive Director of ACRE. “It’s not just corporations like News Corp or Halliburton that profit from anti-Muslim bigotry. Whether it’s Verizon or AT&T, Amazon or Walmart, or Wells Fargo or Bank of America, there are perfectly mundane ways in which corporations that we all do business with help promote or enable bigotry and violence against Muslims.”
"Releasing the report on the anniversary of the “Muslim Ban” is to call our attention to the ways that corporations across the country play a significant role in bolstering the efforts of politicians to enforce racist laws, by enacting anti-Muslim practices of their own on a local scale,” said Munira Lokhandwala, Researcher at Public Accountability Initiative. “In fighting anti-Muslim bigotry in the US we need to look not only at politicians but also corporate CEOs and the roles they play in upholding white supremacy - from giving money to racist politicians to structuring their entire business model on war and exploitation."
The report was released alongside a petition, which has already collected over 500 signatures, for the named corporations to put an end to their hateful practices. The report reveals that every state in the U.S. is home to at least one major corporation linked to organizations, candidates, or causes that fuel the Islamophobia, fear of foreigners and strangers that lead to federal policies like the Muslim ban, and state-level legislation such as Alabama’s anti-Sharia law.
Google, Ben and Jerry’s, Amazon, CVS, Wells Fargo, and Nike are just a few of the corporations exposed in ACRE’s report. The report also awards dishonorable mentions to corporations that have attempted to profit indirectly from anti-Muslim hate, such as when Uber promoted lowered prices around the JFK airport in an attempt to bust -- and benefit from -- the taxi strike organized in protest to Trump’s newly signed Muslim ban in 2017.