With the glare firmly on Muslims, media organisations constantly ask the above question. Iâ€™m tempted to say – â€œI feel with my hands thanks!â€. What next? â€œHow do you Muslims eat, drink and breathe?â€
And the classic line: â€œAre you British first or Muslim?â€
Not only are the questions leading and have a slant, they are as pathetic as asking a 5 year old if they love Daddy or Chips!
It is more pathetic that some British Muslims keep falling for this 5 minutes of fame hook, line and sinker.
Many would argue that this is offering a positive slant on British Muslims if we talk about our plight after the London bombings. Wrong! We are instead becoming a culture of victims which can lead to some taking advantage and playing ‘the Muslim Card’. As a global community we should be better than that.
The September 11th attacks created unrest within America and the UK to the point where the Muslim community was marginalised and attacked due to the actions of a few in New York.
As a response Muslim youth have become more militant to this modern day McCarthyism. The London bombings offered the media a chance for a new approach, which was a lot more sensitive. Some clearly did not want to make the same mistake twice.
However, many in the liberal media are still focusing on the ‘plight of British Muslims’ six months later. This is a problem in itself.
This over-sensitivity towards is creating more barriers. People from non-Muslim backgrounds can easily assume that there is some preferential treatment from the media – fuelling the fire. The over-sensitivity can also lead to extremist crack pots saying what they feel like and claim to talk on behalf of the whole community. Once again more fuel in the fire.
It will only be a matter of time when the wider British community will have enough of this over sensitive coverage and real cases of backlash against some Muslims will be ignored as a â€˜boy who cried wolfâ€™ issue.
Well need to move on and focus more on building bridges to ensure that these terrorist attacks do not happen again. The period of reflection is over.
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