A 21st Century Freedom Ride

…. One of the functions of the conference was to establish with clarity that Islamophobia is a form of racism. Suspicion of Muslims is justified in a host of ways; concern about terrorism, concern about ‘social cohesion’, concern about the spread of ‘non-western’ values, even apparent concern for women’s rights.

These recurring themes all betray ignorance and twisted thinking but they have allowed all sorts of people who should know better to climb aboard the anti-Muslim band wagon.

And taken together they have generated growing hostility to one of the most downtrodden and oppressed groups in society, the vast majority of whom are black and Asian. Islamophobia has become the last acceptable racism. [The Platform] Read more


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