#Muslims4Ferguson

#Muslims4Ferguson
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When Darren Wilson, a police officer, killed Michael Brown at least six times, there has since been unrest in Ferguson. Since Brown’s death on August 9, 2014, civilians have taken to the streets to protest how the law does not seem to care about justice for people of colour. On October 22 “the Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation has observed a National Day of Protest since 1996”. Muslims took to twitter to show their support and solidarity to those participating in the protests.
A lot of the tweets shown call for equality and peace to diminish racism in America. Along with black people, the Muslim community faces discrimination on a daily basis because of their visible difference. Terrible stereotypes allow injustices to continue to happen towards minorities and movements like #Ferguson and #Muslims4Ferguson encourage people to stand up to demand equality and end police brutality.
I think very highly of #Muslims4Ferguson. Looking at an events such as Ferguson from different perspectives creates a better understanding of what and why it happened. Different worldviews cause different reactions. If different minority’s band together to make a change in society, justice will more likely be served. The use of social media to expand awareness is an intelligent because information can be spread quickly and easily. It offers people to look at the situation in different perspective. #Muslims4Ferguson on Twitter allows people to look at Michael Brown’s death and the protests from a Muslim worldview.

What is interesting is how Western Culture usually stereotypes Muslims as an extremist religion, especially after 9/11 but this hashtag disproves that stereotype. They use excerpts from Islamic Prophet’s calling for peace and equality not just for themselves but for people not a part of their religion. Although America claims to be “land of the free”, why do minorities still feel oppressed by the dominant White culture?

-RS
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5 thoughts on “#Muslims4Ferguson

  1. I do agree with you that the law seems to benefit the advantaged white majority, leaving those of minority to be the typical criminal. For example driving while black. This coincides with the idea of those wearing hijabs are terrorist extremists. I do not believe that it is Western Culture but the ones who hold the power in western culture that create these labels, and place them on people through media etc. Then many of the middle class start to fear the class below them instead of looking at those who make the decisions in a country. I believe it is important for minorities to speak out through social media, and other means to gain awareness about their culture and religion. Without these people trying to change even one person’s perspective there would be no change. Let’s hope that these individuals do not give up hope and keep spreading the good word!

  2. This is an interesting post because it demonstrates how quickly the victimized can make publicize their plight due to the never ending reach of the internet. Within 24 hours the entire world was aware of this incident as a result of a social media barrage from everyone from celebrities to bloggers. The fact that the Muslims took a stand in this cause is intriguing because they are one of the most oppressed and misrepresented minority groups in North America. There is a major social stigma surrounding Muslims in America and it’s important for the marginalized minorities to have a voice in the cluttered world of media.

    The idea that whites are favored by the law is a controversial topic that provoked research that showed that minority’s greatly outnumber whites in the frequency of police stops. The reality t.v. show “cops” helps demonstrate this idea with the huge number of minorities arrested compared to white criminals. The media has been a strong stimulant in the connotations regarding Muslims with giant headlines in newspapers talking about the pitfalls of Islam and the misguided actions of a few select individuals.

    Maybe the bright side of this incident could be the increased awareness that certain minority groups are not predisposed to violent tendencies. One can only hope that the stereotypes that surrounding Muslims and African Americans in North America can be slowly dis-spelled by the spread of knowledge.

    kmp

  3. This is an interesting post because it demonstrates how quickly the victimized can make publicize their plight due to the never ending reach of the internet. Within 24 hours the entire world was aware of this incident as a result of a social media barrage from everyone from celebrities to bloggers. The fact that the Muslims took a stand in this cause is intriguing because they are one of the most oppressed and misrepresented minority groups in North America. There is a major social stigma surrounding Muslims in America and it’s important for the marginalized minorities to have a voice in the cluttered world of media.

    The idea that whites are favored by the law is a controversial topic that provoked research that showed that minority’s greatly outnumber whites in the frequency of police stops. The reality t.v. show “cops” helps demonstrate this idea with the huge number of minorities arrested compared to white criminals. The media has been a strong stimulant in the connotations regarding Muslims with giant headlines in newspapers talking about the pitfalls of Islam and the misguided actions of a few select individuals.

    Maybe the bright side of this incident could be the increased awareness that certain minority groups are not predisposed to violent tendencies. One can only hope that the stereotypes that surrounding Muslims and African Americans in North America can be slowly dis-spelled by the spread of knowledge.

kmp


  4. Comment on #Muslims4Ferguson
    I agree with the author on the basis that if minorities group stand together then they will be able to more easily influence the majority. I also agree that Muslims are misrepresented in the media, and are at times labeled in society as extremists. I would however argue that this is because they do not understand Muslim religion at its basis as Westerners view religion differently than other culture groups. I also have seen proof of people actively fighting against the extremist stereotype, as was recently shown in a social experiment video in Canada after the parliament attack. It takes more than minorities standing together, the majority has to recognize that life isn’t black and white.

  5. Why make the assumption that the victim’s race had anything to do with this? I see no evidence that there was any racism involved. That doesn’t mean there was not, but condemning someone on insufficient evidence is not how any justice system should work, and that is now how it worked in this case. The officer was found not guilty because there was not enough evidence to conclude that he was not following procedure. The evidence used in court suggested that there was a possibility the victim was aggressive and attacked the officer, which is another potential motivation for the shooting. There is a reason the American justice system is how it is; there are safeguards to prevent wrongful conviction. If it were instead based on public opinion, there would certainly be far more wrongful convictions. It may not be completely just, but a good justice system operates on rational deliberation and not emotion.

    It is a shame that even after having lived for generations under a system that is designed to provide equality under the law that some people still feel like second-class citizens. Society often changes slowly and the continuation of racism and prejudice in general is a complex issue. Casually throwing around accusations of racism is not helpful because it does not explain what is going on or why, and it only serves to divide society further. As with anything, the root cause of the issue must be addressed. We can all learn from the system that is based on equality under the law; we all have the right to be treated equally and each of us is more than our skin colour, religion, sexual orientation, etc. I think it would benefit society more to set a positive example and refuse to classify people in terms of those things.

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