Media and ethnic profiling: the perspective of the Muslim population

This exploratory study aims to explore the Muslim population's point of view in regards to the role media plays in the current perceptions about the Muslim population. After reaching out to the CSUN Middle Eastern & Muslim program and CSUN Muslim Student Association for a snowball effect, the results were based on the responses of 20 participants. In order to analyze and code the data, the following categories were developed: 1) Discrimination in the media, 2) Discrimination in a physical environment, 3) Media outlets through which participants experience discrimination, and 4) safety concerns discrimination brings. The results suggest that media influences in a negative form the way Muslims are currently perceived.