In honor of the 5th anniversary of 9/11, the San Francisco Chronicle has a story about how Muslims are victims of racial stereotypes, even though Islam is a religion and not a race.
Middle Eastern people aren't the only ones suffering this kind of racism. Like the article says:
A new racial stereotype is emerging in America. Brown-skinned men with beards and women with head scarves are seen as "Muslims" -- regardless of their actual faith or nationality.
TYPECASTING MUSLIMS AS A RACE