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Truly amazing and appalling. The TV news in their coverage of the #NewZealandTerroristAttack are talking about the rise of Islamophobia WITHOUT mentioning #ToryIslamophobia, the comments of politicians like Farage and Johnson and the daily hate fest in the newspapers. Amazing.
And according to the TV News, it’s all the fault of social media NOT the hate speech and othering of Muslims we’ve seen from leading politicians in the UK, the US, across Europe and Australia nor anything to do with the mainstream media themselves...
If we look race hate outrages like the various pogroms against Jews in Europe culminating in the Holocaust, the lynchings of black people in the US and the racist attacks in the UK since the 1960s, the common thread ISN’T social media but..
..hate speech from politicians, opinion formers all given platforms and echoed in the mainstream media. Yes, there is racism and hate on social media but I see it get clamped on more quickly and effectively as time goes on...
I DON’T see any clamping down at all in any form of the non stop stream of race hate and Islamophobia in the mainstream media and the constant othering. I don’t even see it being called out when it happens. Just look at the way the media have sidestepped #ToryIslamophobia..
Unless and until the stream hate from both mainstream media and politicians is called out and confronted, there will no curtailing of hate incidents. The attacks on social media are a distraction from the core problem. Focus on that, and that will be progress against racism.
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