“I’m being bullied at school because of my race and religion. They call me a terrorist because they know I’m Muslim. I’ve lost my temper a few times – it really frustrates me because then I end up getting in trouble. Some of my friends stick up for me, but it’s not enough, I want the teachers to do something but they always tell me they’re too busy.”
You can’t be racist against Islam, it’s not a race!
The battle cry of the racist who thinks he has found a technicality which allows him to spew his bigotry aimed at anyone not Anglo-Saxon. We have said time and time again that Islamophobia exists but what we label as Islamophobia is often genuine criticism of real issues.
It is easier to pass through society being white and Muslim since the stereotype in the UK is “Muslims are Asian”. So any open bigotry is usually reserved until the “big reveal”.
But for those who openly follow a faith there is outright bigotry.
Last year when the EDL supporters (who are not racist!) chanted “Go Home” at me on a Train, Mancunians stood up for me.
I wonder how many would stand up this year in the light of the changing dialogue on immigration and how the dialogue is being dominated by right wingers.