Here’s a noble sentiment about the Finsbury Park terror attack, from Good Morning Britain‘s Susanna Reid:
My heart's with those killed & injured. Muslims attacked. We stand together. Extremists feed off division. Unite against hate in any form.
— Susanna Reid (@susannareid100) June 19, 2017
Ms Reid was referring, of course, to the Finsbury Park terror attack in which a van was driven into a group of Muslims who were providing first aid to an elderly man who had collapsed at a bus stop near Finsbury Park Mosque. The attack injured 10 people and the elderly man died at the scene.
A man identified as 47-year-old Darren Osborne has been arrested in relation to the attack.
It is notable that the incident is being treated as a terror attack against Muslims, in contrast with those that have been committed by people identifying as Muslims (although it is debatable whether many people of that religion would accept the claim). Ms Reid’s tweet asserts – rightly – that everybody should stand against such acts of hate, no matter who commits them.
What a shame that neither our Conservative (non-)government nor our right-wing newsrags agree.
Here are some newspaper front pages promoting hatred against Muslims:
The Muslim Council of Britain has warned that newspapers like those pictured above are spreading hate.
Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, told Sky News: “We have national newspapers spreading hate and talking about how less Islam is the answer to terrorism that we face right now.
“These people are spreading hate against Muslims and people might be responding to that hate, talking about less Islam, and [something like this attack] may be the result.”
Here’s the result:
You have a society where Muslim women are taking self defence classes in fear of becoming the next victim of a hate crime. Incredibly sad.
— aleesha (@a_leesha1) June 19, 2017
"Enough is enough"
Mail, Sun, Express must stop fomenting hatred against Muslims
RIP #FinsburyPark victim.
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) June 20, 2017
Look at the way the alleged attacker is being portrayed:
Ahh look – 24 hours is all it took to prove me exactly correct…. pic.twitter.com/scZG5AoUXV
— Kanjin Tor ™ (@xugla) June 20, 2017
This is a parody of newspapers playing down white extremism, right?
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) June 19, 2017
Nothing short of disgusting for 2 reasons
1. A casual linking of 'skivers and scroungers' with this atrocity.
2. Attempting to play down https://t.co/KZGFIdLN0s
— Paul Jakes (@PLJK1984) June 20, 2017
There was an attempt to excuse him on the grounds that he has mental health problems (and let’s remember that he hasn’t been found guilty of any crime yet):
There are millions of people with mental health problems, they don't go bloody killing everyone. He's a terrorist. https://t.co/dzcTfBcysJ
— aleesha (@a_leesha1) June 20, 2017
Meanwhile, Tommy Robinson, founder of the anti-Muslim English Defence League, appeared on Ms Reid’s own show – Good Morning Britain – sparking outrage (no, that doesn’t make Susanna Reid a hypocrite; she is unlikely to have anything to do with the bookings):
If someone is a hate preacher, we should be restricting their access to pulpits, not giving them slots on national TV & radio.
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) June 20, 2017
And prime minister (she says) Theresa May has also come under fire for her hypocritical comments about standing up to hate crime.
“There has been far too much tolerance of extremism over many years,” said Mrs May.
“It is a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms; and our determination to tackle them must be the same whoever is responsible.”
She added that the attack was “every bit as sickening” as those in Manchester and London.
But the Great British public aren’t having any of that from her. As a member of the Conservative Government that the UK has been forced to endure for the past seven years, Mrs May is responsible for spreading a culture of hatred and division against anybody the Tories decided should be the enemy of the day – and we have not forgotten.
Here are some of the responses she has received:
Woman who sent GO HOME vans around the UK to intimidate immigrants now preaches about tolerance ??? https://t.co/5QJpv3CYTA
— Jack Xatzinikolas (@MxJackMonroe) June 19, 2017
May just correctly highlighted London values: openness & diversity. She's done more to stamp on them than any PM I can remember.
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) June 19, 2017
May herself guilty of inciting hatred towards immigrants in this country,we have never ever forgotten her billboards telling them to go home
— Isobel (@Isobel_waby) June 19, 2017
Theresa May, the woman who orchestrated racist Go Home Vans, lectures us on the need for tolerance towards others. Standard #Toryhypocrisy
— Corbyn for PM. ✌ (@thisisamy_) June 19, 2017
Thankfully for our national sanity, it seems the widespread response has been one of anger towards the attacker and sympathy for the attacked – as it should be:
Love to all in Finsbury Park.
Hope we can break this cycle of violence, hate & racism.
We are one species on one planet.#FinsburyPark
— Francesca Martinez (@chessmartinez) June 19, 2017
I'm speechless by what happened in #FinsburyPark against innocent muslims. I urge everyone to unite together & we all work to eradicate hate
— Mohammad Asghar AM (@MohammadAsghar) June 19, 2017
Another day, another senseless, hateful attack on the innocent. Let's hope we don't allow society's rotten eggs to tear us apart.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 19, 2017
Perhaps this should be the last word:
That's a great sentiment. Thank you Susanna.
Hate never ever wins. Only love does – it is deadliest, silent weapon and costs nothing ❤️ https://t.co/hSakOXjBye
— Yasmin A. Choudhury (@yasminisyasmin) June 20, 2017
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