This month is Islamophobia Awareness Month. I didn’t actually know that was a thing until last year, and then I forgot again, until this year. I suppose like all groups who face structural violence and hatred, Muslims have now been granted a month in which public bodies and liberals should affirm their sense that they care for marginalised people. I am certain that many confronted … Continue reading Islamophobia is not a “phobia”, it’s a way of governing
Content Note: silencing, debate. So, a couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post about my feelings. It was a fairly self-indulgent post lacking in much analysis or critique. But sometimes – as perhaps is the nature of someone who keeps a blog – I find it therapeutic to write about and process my feelings in such a way. However, any therapeutic feeling I … Continue reading Be afraid, be very afraid
Okay, number 1, yes, I would like ‘freedom of speech’ and I would defend people’s rights to it. But, number 2: I question that it currently exists in the universal, uncompromising, legitimate way it is made to sound like it exists in. When we defend FOS as a bastion of the ‘liberal, civilised West’ I think we have to be very careful. Whose freedom of speech are … Continue reading Freedom of speech or ‘Us’ against ‘Them’?