Hate speech harms, and it kills. It is the match waiting to be lighted by extremists on either side. The question is, what will the silent majority on both the Western and Muslim sides do now to ensure that nothing like the violence we have seen in the last week is ever repeated again?
Islamophobia is real. It is hard at work.
It has led to governments passing legislation targeting Muslims and their faith practices in the name of “fighting terrorism”. It has led to killing of innocent people.
You may have personally experienced it or know a family member, friend or acquaintance who has. This new racism must be made known and fought against. So let us take charge of ourselves and our future.