But the shocking thing for me about my troll was the reference to ‘evil Muslims’. This shows the depth and breadth that Islam-phobia has reached.
People only know what they see, and clearly they’re being shown and fed some pretty disparaging messages if that’s the feeling they’re left with when it comes to Muslims. And of course, our beloved media has the biggest part to play in this misinterpretation.
I recently read an article about how a hijab-wearing lady in Bristol was spat at and abused in the street. The man muttered something about Gaza and the middle-east, and the lady went on to report that every time there is a conflict in the world, be it 9/11, 7/7 or the current sorry situation, she would face renewed aggression from the public.
Now, with these stories, I always scroll down to the comments, to see what the general feedback is (I do it when browsing the Daily Mail Online too, it’s a real guilty pleasure of mine).
And, somewhat unsurprisingly, one commentator used the opportunity to enforce his/her particular view of Muslims. The commentator started by saying how disgusting the attack was, but then went on to say how the lady’s own Muslim community are much worse, with women being abused regularly, suffering from FGM (female genital mutilation) and even being stoned to death. The commentator then asked the lady why she didn’t mind that form of abuse.
I mean, seriously, WTF? There’s going off on a tangent and just being completely ignorant and practically racist.
So this poor woman shares her plight at the hands of some racist lowlife, and then gets attacked online by another who assumed by virtue of her hijab that she is pro-female oppression and an FGM enthusiast!