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ANTI-MUSLIM RACISM

Posted by strattof on December 4, 2016

DEFINITION

Anti-Muslim racism, also known as Islamophobia, is hostility toward Islam and Muslims or discrimination against or fear of Islam and Muslims.

RECENT EXAMPLES

  • The attempt by the Harper government to prohibit women wearing a niqab from becoming Canadian citizens 
  • The June 2016 attack on a Muslim woman, who was punched and spat on while she shopped with her four-month-old son in London Ontario 
  • The demonization of Islam as excessively or uniquely sexist, misogynistic, or oppressive of women

ISLAMOPHOBIA: MORE EXAMPLES

INTERNATIONAL

  • The banning of the full-body bathing suit or burkini by a number of French municipalities
  • Donald Trump’s call for all Muslims to be banned from the US
  • Britain’s Brexit vote

NATIONAL

  • The Barbaric Cultural Practices Act, passed into law by the Harper government and supported by the Liberals: It’s still law.
  • The online Care2 petition, which garnered 50,000 signatures, asking the Trudeau government to “stop resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada”
  • Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s proposal to screen immigrants to Canada for “anti-Canadian values”
  • A CBC-Angus Reid poll that found 68% of Canadians agree with Kellie Leitch and think “minorities should do more to fit in better with mainstream Canadian society” 

LOCAL

  • Talk show host John Gormley’s tweet encouraging the murder of Muslims
  • Premier Brad Wall’s identification of Syrian refugees with terrorism
  • The Soldiers of Odin, an anti-immigrant street patrol group, patrolling the streets of Regina

ISLAMOPHOBIA: CONSEQUENCES

Anti-Muslim rhetoric—the promotion of fear and hatred of Muslims—has very real consequences, laying the ground work for anti-Muslim hate crimes and incidents. Such crimes and incidents have increased around the country, putting Muslim Canadians at risk of random acts of violence. Recent examples include:

  • Anti-Muslim posters plastered around the University of Calgary
  • A Hamilton mosque set on fire
  • A physical assault on a pregnant Muslim woman in Montreal
  • An attack on a niqab-wearing woman in Toronto
  • Hateful online comments posted to a story about the arrival of a Syrian refugee in Regina

ENDLESS WAR

Endless war against Muslim countries is another consequence of Islamophobia. Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria–Canada has now been at war in Muslim countries for 13 years without a break.

2 ISLAMOPHOBIC STEREOTYPES

  • The oppressed Muslim woman: “While the demonization of Islam and Muslims as exceptionally oppressive [of women] certainly advances the cause of racist stereotyping, it does little to benefit the women in whose interests these sometime champions for equality claim to speak. On the contrary, Muslim women bear a heavy part of the burden of violence and hatred generated by these stereotypes.”—from a column in the Ottawa Citizen, signed by 20 prominent Muslim-Canadian women.
  • The inherently violent Muslim man: Like most non-Muslim men, most Muslim men hold ordinary jobs and value family and friends. They are not any more violent than non-Muslim men. Much of the violence in the world today is directed at Muslims by non-Muslims. 

Such stereotypes are used as justification for western wars in Muslim countries.

  • Hence, we were told that Canada was fighting in Afghanistan in order to liberate Afghan women.
  • Now we are being told the “war on terror” must never end.

TAKE ACTION

  1. Learn more about Islamophobia. Visit the National Council of Canadian Muslim’s website online map of anti-Muslim hate-crimes and incidents: http://www.nccm.ca/map/
  2. Here are the names of four prominent Muslim-Canadian women: Zarqa Nawaz, Monia Mazigh, Rukhsana Khan, Sheema Khan. Are you familiar with them? If not, do a google search.
  3. Read the whole column in the Ottawa Citizen written by 20 prominent Muslim-Canadian women: Google “Ottawa Citizen Islamophobic feminism.”
  4. Read the National Council of Canadian Muslim’s Charter For Inclusive Communities and consider signing it: http://www.nccm.ca/charter/
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One Response to “ANTI-MUSLIM RACISM”

  1.  No es el mas bueno game de esta estirpe noo obstante bastante reiterado

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