We have just launched the most detailed study of anti-Muslim hatred in the country. It covers a decade of work supporting Muslims who have been targeted by anti-Muslim hate and with over 16,000 cases that Tell MAMA has worked on, included in the data. This covers information and material from 20,000 people in the country over a ten year period that Tell MAMA has been serving the public.
Our report details the rise and fall, trigger points, gender impacts, locations, national incidents and global actions that lead to anti-Muslim hate. The report also focuses on the lived experiences of Muslims who have been targeted by such hate. It is a resource that politicians, academics and social scientists may find useful, given the depth of the data and the ten year period covered from 2012-2022.
Sadly, few politicians and Members of Parliament have spoken out against anti-Muslim hatred and the numbers seem to be growing smaller. Whether this is because they perceive that speaking up on this issue may be politically damaging for them through the eyes of sections of their electorate, or that they may be subjected to online abuse, the fact is that this area of work does not attract the political shouting and push back that other forms of intolerance attract, with a desire to reducing them.
More than ever, at a time of financial uncertainty, politicians need to be speaking up against intolerance and those who seek to blame fellow citizens for the ills that they find or experience. Anti-Muslim hate and the tentacles of such hate need to be vociferously challenged and curtailed by policy makers who carry with them, the trust of many of their electorate. Surely saying something on this issue is the moral and right thing to do? Or are the voices who seek to paint pluralism and diversity as being dirty words, shaping the actions of political leaders through their silence? We truly hope that this is not the case.