To be shocked and frustrated with the Islamophobia that's bursting out all over Facebook today?

(673 Posts)
Seekingsense Wed 22-May-13 21:38:56

Following the awful tragedy in Woolwich today.

I have seen everything from "We want our England back" to "Kick out all the foreigners" to "Islamic infiltration of the UK" etc. I have paraphrased as some of the stuff is so horrible I do not want to repeat it.

This is from normal everyday people and lots of them. Is this really what people think?

I, like most people am horrified by what has happened to this young soldier in Woolwich, but why is everyone so quick to blame an entire religion for it and to jump on the 'kick out all immigrants' bandwagon.

What can we do about it? Ignore, delete, post, report?

junkcollector Wed 22-May-13 21:42:25

YANBU. I have had a major "old school friends" cull today!

FrenchRuby Wed 22-May-13 21:43:20

I've deleted 3 people today for racist rants relating to this awful tradegy. Yanbu

YANBU - its terrible.

As was the original crime btw, truly horrifying

Mawgatron Wed 22-May-13 21:44:30

Ditto. I was just about to come on here and start an almost identical thread. It makes me feel very sad that some people think that it is acceptable to post things like that online.

topsyturner Wed 22-May-13 21:44:51

The un friend button has been burning hot for me tonight !

Most of my friends are a bit more intelligent / enlightened than this, but two acquaintances have shown their true colours this evening. On a more positive note, another has posted a message of hope and compassion.

gordyslovesheep Wed 22-May-13 21:45:40

thankfully all of mine so far are sane and anti bigot style

apart from the odd virtual candle which, while wanky, is harmless

so far my friends are doing me proud!

Seekingsense Wed 22-May-13 21:45:51

My worry is, if I just delete them and don't say anything and no one else says anything, it will be accepted as the voice of the masses?

However, I normally try not to enter into 'debates' on Facebook.

If I reported the comments, would they be deleted by Facebook?

Ashoething Wed 22-May-13 21:46:04

I have got the rage over it.posted a comment to an aquaintance as what they are posting is appalling but wish I had just kept a dignified silence.

I did a similar deletion spree when similar events happened. It's fucking disgusting.

WipsGlitter Wed 22-May-13 21:47:50

I've just been thinking 'not my friends' but nope one wankers turned up trumps.

Greydog Wed 22-May-13 21:48:40

I too have been having a sort out of the "send 'em back" brigade. As I pointed out to one the machete gut sounded like a Londoner to me, so where was he going to send them to?

Same here. I came on MN in the hope of finding something reasonable to counter this.

apostropheuse Wed 22-May-13 21:48:58

It's absolutely disgraceful. I'm beyond angry about this stupid and ignorant behaviour.

LynetteScavo Wed 22-May-13 21:49:12

Not from any of my friends.

Did you not know your "friends" held views like these?

Personally I would report and de-freind them.

milkysmum Wed 22-May-13 21:49:22

I have just had this same conversation with my sister over the phone as when I went on facebook was pretty shocked by the amount of racist rants. Like OP said as well what I consider pretty 'normal everyday' people. People linking to something called 'infidels of britain'- pretty heavy racist stuff. Delete/ block all these people?- I don't know what to do either. Nobody can deny this attack is apsolutley horrific- but to blame a whole race/ religion for it?? sad

keepingitgraceful Wed 22-May-13 21:49:47

Similarly have deleted a work colleague and will have no problem telling her why tomorrow.

It's just a shame you can't ignore the ignorant!

IroningBoredDaily Wed 22-May-13 21:53:11

Although nothing too horrendous, a few 'friends' have posted comments I do find offensive and unnecessary. This was a terrible crime by two individuals, not an entire group of people.

bedmonster Wed 22-May-13 21:54:07

Same Wisps. I really really hoped that it wasn't going to turn that way. I'm disgusted about the behaviour of a 'friend'.
I too try not to enter into arguementative debates on fb but things like what i've read make it very very hard to bite my tongue sad

thebody Wed 22-May-13 21:54:50

I remember the Birmingham bombs by the IRA in the 70s.

Irish girls at our school were targeted.

It's what the terrorists want. To spread hate and division.

However I have to say the Muslim community really really need to step up and reiterate 'not in my name'.

Until very recently in the mosque in Birmingham a radical Islamic preacher was talking about the implementing of sharia law and women's rights or lack of them.

Everyone needs to stand up here and say what happened.

2 evil bastard cowards knifed to death an unarmed young man.

This is nothing to do with any religion.

We all need to stand together.

NotYoMomma Wed 22-May-13 21:58:07

The Muslim community have already condemned the attack.

I'm avoiding fb for the time being but have a list of people to.ddelete in themorning

Its horrid. Ive posted on the statuses that the people who did this are British, but some are now saying 'outside influences'. Ive deleted a few, including family members.
Hate this side of Facebook.

One of my friends had 'liked' a page I think she will regret. Otherwise all is quiet.
Edl fb page is sickening.

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