Finger pointing only further strains already contested race relations
Paris was plunged into darkness on Friday the 13th of November when extremists went on a rampage throughout the city taking the lives of 129 innocent young adults and left hundreds more wounded.
The 12th of November saw 43 people tragically lose their lives in Beirut due to suicide bombers.
On the 31st of October, IS took down a Russian plane with a bomb killing all 224 individuals on board in Egypt.
These are just three recent incidents related to extremism that have taken place in the last fortnight and they are not isolated to Western countries.
Show Racism the Red Card is deeply saddened by these tragic events, through which lives have been lost and families have been torn apart. Our hearts break for the families left behind after these senseless acts of extremism and misguided ideology.
These horrific tragedies however, have resulted in innocent others being attacked and persecuted simply for being Muslim – as though a hijab of extremism has just been placed over all Muslims.
It is understandable that people are frightened and panicked after witnessing such atrocities; however we cannot let hatred and fear take over. We cannot let these acts divide us. We cannot lose hope.
Friday’s event has only placed further strain on race relations.
The 15th of November saw Mr Khalid, a 53 year old takeaway owner in Methil, Scotland attacked by a group of youths outside his shop while the perpetrators shouted ‘ISIS’.
It is unfortunate that Muslim minorities across Europe are treated with such contempt, mistrust and suspicion – guilty until proven innocent.
Let us stand up in solidarity and hope and let us not be defeated by these extremists.
Let us Show both racism and extremism the Red Card.