On Sunday night and Monday morning, a surprising hashtag began trending:
Now, I don’t normally check out hashtags but I’d seen the explanation for this hashtag in my timeline overnight so entered it as a search…
It is full of people saying things like “why is #blamethemuslims trending?” “#blamethemuslims is the most racist thing I’ve seen on twitter” and “don’t #blamethemuslims, #lovethemuslims.”
I had to laugh at the ignorance. Firstly, the reason the hashtag is trending is because those of you showing “outrage” at it are hashtagging it, making it statistically more popular. Secondly, I’ve seen a lot more racist and offensive things on twitter. That is the folly of free speech. Furthermore I notice that most of the people crying outrage are white and between 16 and 25. Thirdly, the hashtag was started by a MUSLIM WOMAN to bring attention to how quickly the press are to jump to the conclusion that it’s all the fault of the muslims. The tweets actually “blaming” the muslims are accusing them of doing things like discovering advances in medicine and respecting their women.
Personally, I feel that the outrage criers were the ones turning this hashtag into a negative. If we are to rid the world of racism, we need to learn not to jump to conclusions and assume that everything we read highlighting a particular race or religion is racist!