Commission's Quarterly Newsletter
2003 Summer/Fall Edition
Discrimination Report Released
Patricia L. Gatling recently released a report that revealed Muslims,
Arabs and South Asians in New York City believe discrimination against
them intensified after 9/11, although the incidents went largely
unreported. The report, based upon a survey conducted in several
languages, documented perceived incidents of discrimination in the
areas covered by the City's Human Rights Law.
Gatling expressed the commitment Mayor Bloomberg and the Commission
have in fighting prejudice and discrimination against the City’s
diverse communities. Because of fear and reluctance to come forward
to report incidents, the Commission did not notice an increase in
discrimination against these communities.
The survey has already helped to strengthen the Commission's connections
with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Communities in New York City.
It will also serve to shape future education, prevention and enforcement
11,000 surveys distributed throughout the City between October
2002 and April 2003, the Commission received 956 completed surveys.
These responses documented 1,226 incidents of discrimination reported
by 659 individuals. It was revealed that 69% of the respondents
believed that they were the victim of one or more incidents of
discrimination or bias-related harassment. Further, 79% of respondents
felt that they had been negatively affected by the events of 9/11,
regardless of whether they have directly experienced discrimination.
also revealed that 83% of respondents did not ask for help from
anyone in a government agency or community organization because
they were either afraid, believed that nothing would be done,
did not know who to contact or thought the incident did not warrant
harassment was the most common type of discrimination and comprised
37% of the incidents reported in the survey. Employment discrimination
followed at 26% and public accommodations at 25%. Housing discrimination
made up the remaining 11%.
survey and report were funded in part by the New York Community
Trust. Those assisting the Commission were: the Mayor's Office
of Immigrant Affairs, The Arab-American Family Support Center,
Chhaya Community Development Corporation, The Council of Pakistan
Organization, South Asian Youth Action!, South Asian Council for
Social Services, and The Coney Island Avenue Project.