The Growth of Islamophobia in Quebec
by Raya on April 21, 2015 - 8:54am
After the Commission on Reasonable Accomodation (Bill 94) was announced in 2007 and the charter of Values of Quebec (Bill 61) was broadcasted all around radios and televisions by the Parti Quebecois in 2013, Muslim citizens have been going through a lot of obstacles. They have been misunderstood, and still are, because of their names, their looks, but mostly because of their religious faith. Hijabi women feel menaced by vicious looks in public places or simply when walking on the streets. Many Muslims are suspected to be “terrorists” only by the spooky feeling Arabic names give to them. But most importantly, it is necessary to comprehend the impact of Islamophobia in our society, as collectively being Quebecers.
As mentioned by the writer of the following article, Samer Majzoub, “these smear and hatred campaigns [towards the Muslim community] are rarely targeting other citizens groups and cultures within the society.” In other words, the media and politics have been saying loud and clear that they are against religion in general, calling it a “secular” society. While these charters and accommodations preach their thoughts to keep their society religion-free, they often target Muslim hijabi women without putting much emphasis on other religious signs that are also worn publicly as t-shirts, as hats or as necklaces. The eventual leaders desire a secular society “due to its history of social clash with the church” but they keep targeting the same minority group over and over again by barely mentioning any other religious group or ethnic community.
It is important to understand that Muslims are going through a hard time because of constant bashing of their culture from the mass media. The general public is somehow influenced by all those perpetual references to Islam and terrorists in the same news, which generalizes all kind of Muslims, good or bad. The ones the audience see on TV and hear about on the radio are the only types of Muslims they are exposed to. The media is a powerful entity in which the people consult to have the right information because they believe that they refer to the reporters to have access to all truth. In reality, the mass media is a mix of opinion and politics, all at the same time. In the end, as Malcom X once said, “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
This article is originally taken from “Quebec must address its growing climate of Islamophobia” written by Samer Majzoub on April 17th 2015. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/samer-majzoub/islamophobia-quebec-politics_b_7087830.html
The quote was taken from: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/74430-the-media-s-the-most-powerful-entity-on-earth-they-have