What it’s like to grow up in the UK as a Muslim woman: ‘People would shout terrorist at us on school trips’ – The i – Weekend Reads #56


Boris Johnson’s recent description of Muslim women who wear a burka as looking like ‘letterboxes’ and ‘bank robbers’ highlighted the Islamophobia experienced by women every day.

Last year saw a record number of anti-Muslim attacks recorded by the monitoring group Tell Mama, with women disproportionately targeted. Two-thirds of the 1,201 verified reports of anti-Muslim abuse were about incidents which happened offline.

The ex-Foreign Secretary’s comments had an immediate impact on women. And in the week after the ‘letterbox’ insults, Tell Mama reported five incidents targeting Muslim women who wear the niqab, compared to no incidents the previous week. i spoke to four people about being confronted with Islamophobia throughout their lives, how the comments about Muslim women have affected them, and what they want to see happen now.

 

Source: What it’s like to grow up in the UK as a Muslim woman: ‘People would shout terrorist at us on school trips’ – The i – Weekend Reads #56

One thought on “What it’s like to grow up in the UK as a Muslim woman: ‘People would shout terrorist at us on school trips’ – The i – Weekend Reads #56

  1. I am very concerned regarding the information contained within the article from the i, as no one should have to endure any form of racial abuse. But in any Society there is a minority who believe they have a right to abuse others who in some way may be different to them. However, legally this is not so, therefore anyone stating this form of abuse are committing a crime, for which they should be punished.

    These racists are always there and for many years they have been, to a large extent, quiet, but Brexit, acts of terriorism and the comments from Boris Johnson are bringing these people more into the open.

    They are causing distress, fear and many other emotions in those they abuse, so in some way they themselves could be classed as terrorists for the acts they are committing.

    The full weight of the Law needs to come down on these beings for to live in our Society they should not.

    If any of us see these racial acts being committed then I feel it is the duty of all of us to report it and not ignore it, for ignoring you are condoning the acts of racism.

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