“Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”
SCALE OF ISSUE
With these definitions to guide us, we can start to observe society and see where the issue of Islamophobia lies. It doesn’t take too long to start seeing the national scale of this issue.
It is hard to pin-point the exact sources of this outlook, but it is irrefutable that self-proclaimed ‘Muslim’ terrorist groups are fundamental to Islamophobia.
Social media has highlighted this growing issue in society. Groups with far-right political views, namely the EDL – English Defence League, receive a large amount of exposure and interaction. A lot of this interaction is support for their radical views regarding deportation and Islam.
Supporters of Robinson were particularly vocal in a campaign largely orchestrated over social media. They used the hashtag ‘#FREETOMMY’ to promote their discontent at his arrest.
Moreover, terrorist organisations thrive for an Islamophobic Western World. Extremist propaganda messages are supported by instilling this fear. A common notion of extremism is that the West want to rid of Islam, and far-right groups like the EDL appear to verify this.
Similarly to Robinson’s supporters, social media was utilised by people that oppose him. The result was a protest that disregarded groups, such as Robinson’s EDL, that cause division.
Over a series of posts and Tweets (follow my account) I’ll be looking at each side of this debate in depth, and also share my own views along the way. I will bring attention to the ways in which technology has directly impacted on Islamophobia in Britain.