Islamophobia is on the rise, and it's our duty to stop it.
“Following Boris Johnson’s comments comparing Muslim women to ‘bank robbers’ and ‘letterboxes’, there was a 375% surge in Islamophobic hate crimes”
Racism and hate crimes against Muslims across the UK is rapidly rising, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson plays a huge part in this increase. Whether you voted Labour, Conservative, or anywhere in-between, it is your duty to educate and correct people for their racist and hateful comments or actions. It is extremely saddening and embarrassing to see such a civilised community regress into one so barbaric.
Follow the link below to read an article by the Independent, laying out the facts of just how bad Islamophobia has become.
It has been eight years since Baroness Warsi declared that Islamophobia had “passed the dinner table test” in Britain. Sadly, anti-Muslim prejudice remains a huge problem in the UK.
Despite steady, incremental liberal shifts in public attitudes, Warsi’s comments – that Islamophobia was not limited to “those who display their bigotry overtly, but also those who do so more subtly in the most respectable of settings: middle-class dinner tables” – are just as relevant today.
Statistics show that that people continue to see Muslims distinctly differently from other religious groups, with 18 per cent of the public holding extremely negative views of Muslims. Although there has been a small decrease in the number of people who consider Islam a serious threat to Western civilisation (44 per cent down from 52 per cent in July 2017), a huge 31 per cent of the population believe that Islam poses a threat to the British way of life and only 32 per cent believe that Islam and the British way of life are compatible.
So why do people feel this way? Alarmingly, the most popular responses seem to highlight an association between Islam and a ban on free speech, as well as a threat to British laws and values. 41 per cent of people who think Islam poses a threat to the British way of life say so because they feel that “Islam breeds intolerance for free speech and calls for violent actions against those who mock, criticise or depict the religion in ways they believe are offensive”. Meanwhile over a third (36 per cent) who think Islam poses a threat to the British way of life say so because they feel that “Islam seeks to replace British law with Sharia law”.
Anti-Muslim prejudice is concentrated among those who see immigration and multiculturalism most negatively, most likely among white people who have lower levels of education.