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?