A few weeks ago I made a drawing in my sketch book, and in an effort to make it relevant, I connected it to an editorial by Omar Mouallem about Islamophobia.
In recent news, this issue has come into the media spotlight. Hours after Paris: death threats to Muslim organizations. In Peterborough, Canada, a mosque is sent up in flames. Women wearing head coverings are attacked on the streets. All of this happening in a matter of days after the attacks.
There’s a double irony here. Number one, more Muslims have been killed and injured from ISIS than any other creed. Second, ISIS’s strategy for increasing their numbers is by inspiring Islamophobia in western countries. So when people make these attacks they are falling into ISIS’s trap. How else is the organization going to recruit young people without them first feeling alienated?
I encourage everyone to think twice before they make a generalization about an entire grouo of people. For any Muslims who are experiencing hate after the Paris attacks, it isn’t fair. It’s a blatant double standard which has infected our society, painting Muslims as terrorists after an attack that is unconnected to the individual, while when people of a different creed are convicted for killing hundreds of people it is seen as an anomaly.
So please, next time you see Islamophobia happening, wherever it may be, speak up.