Posts Tagged: Islamophobia

New Racist Codewords Emerge Online: How to Stay Vigilant

Internet slang and codewords morph almost constantly. That’s why it’s important that we stay as up to date as possible with changes. Knowledge of popular platforms and apps helps us stay connected with our children in a positive way. But it also enables us to monitor what they’re up to online and be vigilant against …

We must equip Muslim mothers to combat hate crime online

Hate crime is often perpetrated through direct violent words and actions, but also appears as indirect aggressions through the social media world. Mocking physical appearance and use of abusive language, using derogatory labels and humiliation, and making false and abhorrent claims about a person, are all forms of bullying which may be categorised as hate …

Burkini ban busted!

Nearly two weeks ago, mayors in about 30 French coastal resorts decided to impose a ban on the burkini (A burkini is a type of swimming costume that some Muslim women wear, which covers the arms, legs and hair). The ban prohibited women from wearing a burkini on public beaches or in the sea. If …

Kelvin Mackenzie and Islamophobia

Nearly two weeks ago, on Bastille Day, the city of Nice was attacked; 84 people were killed and 303 people injured. The killer was a divorced, father of three named Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel. Born in Tunisia, he later immigrated to France, settling in Nice, in 2005, where he worked as a delivery-truck driver. Four days after the …

Uniting against hate

On Sunday, the worst mass shooting in modern America history took place at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida when 50 innocent people were killed by a man driven by nothing but hate. The Internet has been overflowing with articles about the gunman, mainly about his religious identity even though he showed no signs of religious fanaticism and …

The challenge of institutional racism

Over a fortnight ago, an article was published in the Evening Standard titled ‘Nearly half of black and ethnic minority Londoners have faced racist abuse.’ If this statistic surprised anyone, it shouldn’t have. Yes, we have made progress in the fight against racism. Last month, Londoners voted to have a Mayor who is a practising Muslim …

Faith under attack

Towards the end of 2015, the Home Office published hate crime figures for England and Wales. The total number of hate crimes recorded by the police was 52,528, a significant increase on the previous year. Of these, 82% were racially motivated crimes and 6% were religious hate crimes. As can be seen from these figures, faith-based hate crime has risen …

The threat is real: The rise of far-right extremism

A recent report titled ‘State of Hate’ published by advocacy organisation Hope not Hate revealed that far-right extremism is on the rise and urged the Government to address the changing nature of far-right organisations towards increased violence. Hope not Hate has conducted extensive research into far-right organisations such as Britain First and produced a pamphlet in 2014 …

The media needs to be fairer to British Muslims

The fact that British Muslims are depicted very negatively and stereotypically by some mainstream media outlets isn’t news to anyone. Most of the time when one opens the pages of the newspaper or scrolls down any mainstream news source Muslims seemingly are either bombing places or running off to Syria. Just in the last few …