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Socialist, antifascist, Guardian columnist, author, podcaster, YouTuber, geriatric millennial. He/him. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: 🏳️‍🌈

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23 days ago
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RT @J3DI_M4ST3R : Cracking thread. Depressing, angering, but cracking.

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10 hours ago
Islamophobia is completely rampant in British society. It is acceptable and pervasive in the British Establishment. So rather than let the few Muslims with platforms speak out and be abused for doing so - it's surely time for more non-Muslims to speak out, too.
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10 hours ago
Those of us in the British media who have spoken out about Islamophobia have found ourselves largely isolated. Very few have paid attention to the incredible work of @miqdaad , a genuine hero who has campaigned on Islamophobia who everyone should follow.
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10 hours ago
There are all too few Muslim voices in the British media, and indeed prominent Muslims like @mehdirhasan - who left for the US years ago - and @y_alibhai have been subjected to relentless Islamophobic racist treatment online and beyond.
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10 hours ago
Former Times columnist sought to downplay the seriousness of Tory Islamophobia by arguing it simply was not as bad as Labour antisemitism. He later wrote Keir Starmer's Labour conference speech in 2021.
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10 hours ago
In the Batley and Spen by election, Labour literally briefed against and smeared Muslim voters, blaming their disillusionment with Labour on antisemitism and homophobia, and shrugged off losing their support.
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But Islamophobia is not simply a problem amongst Tories and their media allies. A report found 29% of Muslim members had suffered Islamophobia in the party, over a third witnessed it, 44% didn't believe the party took the issue seriously, 48% didn't trust the complaints process.
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10 hours ago
One of the most insidious offenders is The Times newspaper, and its sister Sunday Times title, both of which help confer respectability to Islamophobia, including with false stories and comment pieces undermining the idea Islamophobia is a problem at all.
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That doesn't just include tabloids like The Sun, or indeed the Mail on Sunday - the worst offender, with 78% of its stories about Muslims being negative.
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Why have most of the press ignored and refused to take on Tory Islamophobia? It isn't just the fact that most of the press supports the Tories - it's the fact most of the British press is itself gratuitously Islamophobic.
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We really could go on, and yet the EHRC have - for some inexplicable reason! - refused to investigate the Tories for Islamophobia. Instead they just let the Tories do an inquiry which was rightly denounced as the whitewash that it was.
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Tory Muslim candidates have suffered clear systemic Islamophobic racism. Again, largely ignored.
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When Boris Johnson compared Muslim women to "bank robbers" and "letter boxes", Islamophobic hate crimes surged by 375%. This had no impact on him becoming Prime Minister, of course.
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