College Students’ Perceptions of Muslim-Americans After the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings

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This paper focuses on a study that determined if empathy was related to forgiveness of Muslim Americans among non-Muslim college student participants. College students were asked to view a media report regarding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings which were conducted by homegrown Muslim American terrorists. 171 undergraduate college students were sampled within this study. Empathy and forgiveness were measured, whereas mortality salience was imposed among the sample. It was determined that there among undergraduate college students, there was a positive, significant relationship among empathy and forgiveness. None of the following factors (i.e., age, gender, ethnicity, race, major, and undergraduate level) were show to statistically moderate the relationship among empathy and forgiveness.