It’s easy to propagate hatred in social media.
People tend to believe what they read – an astonishing 49.1% of news that is spread through social media is false. Even knowing this, people still will share this news.
I received a racist email last night from someone who, even though they had found it was untrue on Snopes, still added “I think it has a lot of truth in it and expresses the feeling of most Australians and until we get some politicians who have enough backbone to stand up and be counted it will go on as it is until we won’t recognise this country”.
Unfortunately there was very little truth in it, and a quick search of the internet would have shown that.
Unless more people check their facts before they forward inflammatory emails or share posts such as these, all it will do is fuel the fear and misunderstanding that allows racism to fester.
Before you reject or accept any comments sent to you, do your own research. You’ll be surprised at what you find.
The (Lack of) Truth In “A Great Perspective From A ‘New’ Australian – Nik Ziogopoulos”
Muslims DO NOT want their public holidays recognised in Australia. One cleric (Keysar Trad – a highly controversial figure that non-extremist Muslims disagree with) said in 2009 that Australia should recognise Muslim and ALL other faiths after the NSW Government passed a law stating that business owners could not force Christians to work on Christian holidays … nor should those businesses open on those days unless it is imperative for the community.
Do you agree with the NSW Government ruling? If your faith decrees that you should spend your Sabbath worshipping your god, then should you have the right to refuse work on that day?
I believe most people would side with the law.
But aren’t these the same people at the beach on Christmas Day when they should be in their church giving thanks?
So what of these two days the Muslims ask Australians to respect? One of them is coming October 26 this year (the date, like Easter, isn’t fixed). It’s called The Eid al-Adha.
This is a festival of peace, respect, giving and receiving, donating to the needy, as well as sharing and caring. Sound familiar?
It is a day family and friends get together and pray, eat and share gifts. Sound familiar?
The Jewish community of Australia celebrate their struggle for religious freedom with Hanukah – an eight day celebration where family and friends get together and pray, eat and share gifts. Sound familiar?
But why bring Judaism into it? Because the three religions are incredibly similar. They all believe in one god. They all believe that faith and good deeds will be rewarded with an afterlife. And both Islam and Christianity view Jesus Christ as a prophet (yes – he’s in both the Koran and the Bible).
Judaism believes Jesus was a false prophet, Christianity believes he died on the cross, and Islam believes he didn’t die but ascended to heaven on the cross.
So why aren’t these racist posts / emails aimed at the Jewish belief?
Is it because there is Halal food in SOME schools? The schools where there is a large Muslim population? In the region of Australia where there are McDonalds, Nandos and KFC restaurants that all sell Halal food?
Why would they do that? Because the local population buys it? Because it makes them money? Probably the same reason that Sanitarium tries to ensure as many of their foods are both Halal and Kosher – so they can sell to two of the major religious groups world-wide.
That’s right, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church-owned Sanitarium Foods makes a large portion of sales / profits from exports. And did you know this COMPANY doesn’t pay tax in Australia because of its religious status? Why not complain about that?
And the final racist slur of this misleading email: “they want to sing the National Anthem in Arabic”.
WHO IS THIS “THEY”?
Show me the news clipping, the website, the person who said it.
That’s right, you can’t. No one said it, because its not what they want. It, along with the other statements of “fact” in this email, are not true.
How To Combat Racism & Hatred in Social Media
Stop instantly believing the untrue racist emails and social media posts, and instead take a minute to confirm if they are true.
A minute doing an internet search confirming the information is untrue will pay years of dividends when the hatred and lies you were about to unwittingly believe and forward end up in your trash.
Even better, go and talk to a friendly neighbourhood member of an alternative faith. Guess what? They love their kids. They want a better tomorrow. Just like you.
Before you say “but they riot and kill people”, I’ll just point out “London Riots 2011″, “random violence on Australian streets enacted by *no religion specified* youth”, and “Kony – the militant who rapes and murders in the name of the Christian God”.
There are extremists, louts and criminals in every race, religion, nationality and creed.
Why aren’t Christians sending nasty emails saying we should throw out all the Christians because one slaughtered 92 innocents in Norway, or because a terrorist Christian group (the IRA) killed 29 and injured 220 in 1998’s Omagh bombing in Ireland, or because a Christian killed 168 (many children) and injured 680 in the Oklahoma City bombing?
Because people tend to turn a blind eye when atrocities are enacted by “your own kind”. Well, I hate to point this out to you, but we all have the same blood types. The same DNA.
We are all your own kind.