#NotBreakingNews asks why anti-Muslim crimes don’t get more attention


A new social media campaign called #NotBreakingNews is putting a spotlight on violent incidents where anti-Muslim bias may have played a role.

The hashtag is a response to a shooting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Tuesday that left three young Muslims dead. Police there have acknowledged speculation that the killings could be a hate crime, but have not classified it as one.

The shootings have shaken the community and drawn a national outpouring of support for the victims.

Still, DoSomething.org, the group organizing the #NotBreakingNews campaign, says the media has typically failed to cover anti-Muslim crimes.

“Due to bias, which has spiked since 9/11, the media often fails to cover these stories, making victims less likely to get the attention and justice they deserve,” the group said in a statement.

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