Understanding Islamophobia and what to do about it

Lopez discovered that its first uses in print came more than a century ago when, in 1910, two French writers described the experiences of African Muslims under colonial rule using the variation”Islamophobie.”(Lopez 2011).

These usages were iterations of judeophobie (which later became “anti-Semitism”) and xenophobie, or xenophobia.……………….in describing the circumstances of West African Muslims whose lives were governed by an overbearing French mission.

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The Spoiler: White supremacy harnesses the fear factor

Now a similar tactic is being used to harvest the preference votes of the various extreme right wing parties, using fear and hatred of refugees and Muslims as political weapons.

 “Islamism” has replaced Communism as the fear factor.

The preference deals of the various white supremacists or pro-fascist parties in the May 2019 election, show how strongly they oppose the socially inclusive political parties such as the Greens and the ALP.

These splinter parties, all of them supporters of the Liberal-National Coalition, exercised undue influence in the elections, especially in Queensland.

They are taking on the role of the DLP in maintaining conservative rule.

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