A friend of mine posted this today. Copied from a post in a private group, he felt it captured his thoughts so well that he had to share it:
“I am a Londoner. In fact, I can see Parliament from my street. I walk over Westminster bridge regularly. I set up my local anti-war group, campaign for Palestine, support refugees and I don’t deserve to be attacked or killed by some brainless bigot who imagines he’s a mujahid. No one does. Terrorism is now part of the urban landscape. We live with it, just like we live with the noise and pollution but that doesn’t mean it isn’t shocking when it happens. Especially when it is literally so close to home.
The explosion of hate doesn’t end there though. For weeks to come we will have to hear our friends and neighbours vilified by the sort of people that hate London for being London, a diverse global city where different races, religions and lifestyles all live together and get on. Now those Londoners who happen to be Muslims will be terrorised again. The sort of people that set off bombs or drive into crowds don’t ask your religion first. So the millions of Muslims who live in London have to live with that fear same as the rest of us. Then, they have to live with the fear of being blamed for the actions of the one or two idiots who actually committed the crime. Idiots who acted on the belief that somehow we are collectively to blame for the thousands killed by our country in the Middle East.
I am a Londoner. That means my friends, neighbours and colleagues are Muslim and non-Muslim, black and white, gay and straight and from half the countries on the planet and that’s how I like it. I love London because of it and the little englanders hate it for the same reason. If the racists, fascists and common or garden bigots think they can use OUR tragedy to destroy OUR city, they’ve got another thing coming.
I’m standing up for my London. No one’s ever going to take it away from me. Who’s with me?”
In the wake of yesterday’s tragic events, we all need to stand firm and not allow hate to enter our hearts. This is once again a very small minority attempting to create fear and horror. We CANNOT allow these acts to colour our perception of other cultures and religions. This atrocity is not the belief or actions of a whole group despite the attempts of many people to vilify the Muslim community.
I have today unfriended, reported or blocked any of the haters on my social media profiles. They are narrow-minded, shallow, racist and bigoted; not open to discussion or realistic discourse.
My condolences to the families who’ve lost loved ones, innocents caught up in one man’s warped beliefs.