In the early hours of this morning a 48 year old lone wolf, presumably radicalised over time in the developing hate-filled, anti-Muslim, right wing culture of modern Britain took it upon himself to drive a van into helpless Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park. One man is dead and 10 more people are injured as a result.
The atmosphere around Finsbury Park Mosque must have been electric last night with emergency vehicles sirens and lights illuminating the cacophonous streets as police and paramedics battled to save lives and restore order. Everywhere else in the land the air was heavy with a different characteristic altogether. The stench of hypocrisy lies heavy over Britain today.
We’ve all seen them – the ‘respectable’, right wing contacts on social media. Perhaps it’s an old school friend of yours. Maybe it’s a parent or a cousin. Perhaps it’s your brother or your sister. They’re the smug, unthinking, superficial clowns who just love to post memes and forward tweets about those awful Muslims. They bang on endlessly about ‘rapefugees’ or fake, easily debunked ‘news’ from Breitbart about ‘creeping Sharia’ and cheerfully declare that refugees should be drowned and all immigrants already here should either be deported or sterilised. Don’t deny it – we all know who they are.
I wouldn’t normally suggest seeking out these losers, these lonely, embittered bigots whose only claim to fame is their ability to libel and slander an entire group of people. It’s true that they’re usually spectacularly wrong with their implausible predictions that never come true and that can be amusing on occasion. It’s also true that giving them the oxygen of interaction encourages them, as it does with any other mischevious internet troll. But today I think we should all make contact and let them know what we think of the fruits of their labour.
These Islamaphobic bigots are the ones responsible for radicalisation of far right terrorists in UK. By constantly demonising Muslims, refugees, ‘foreigners’ and non-whites they have created a narrative that shames the whole nation. And now, many of these same people are posting memes and tweeting tweets condemning the violence that they themselves have helped to create.
So I say we should contact them en masse. If you know an online bigot who preaches the sort of hate that led to the Finsbury Park attack don’t let them off the hook. Remind them of their onslaught of hatred and the impact they have had upon our nation. Expose their divisive lies and let them know that we understand the blood that is on their hands – blood that they may never manage to wash clean. Let them know that we hold them every bit as responsible for this atrocity as we do the ‘lone wolf’ who, egged on by thousands upon thousands of keyboard warriors like them actually drove the van that ploughed into those poor people.
Let them know that we know them.
Post this article on your own social media pages and tag them in…
and tell them to hang their heads in shame!