Over the course of this election season, we have already seen so much hate and discrimination arise. Donald Trump has become notorious for his rhetoric against Muslims, and other candidates are not far behind. This behavior cannot be tolerated, and I am writing to make an important distinction between two attitudes we should all take against this widespread hate. For those of us who assail Trump for his wildly inaccurate, hateful claims, we can either identify ourselves with non-islamophobia or anti-islamophobia.
Non-islamophobia means choosing to be opposed to hateful speech and actions towards Muslims. If you identify as non-islamophobic, you tell yourself that since you do not hate Muslims and you are kind to those who practice Islam, you are doing your part. You are contributing to a better world by not being hateful. After all, itai??i??s not your problem that people mistreat Muslims. Thatai??i??s their problem. As long as you do not have preconceived notions against Muslims, then you can sleep at night, right?
People with this opinion could not be more wrong. If you are non-islamophobic, then you are a bystander. You are part of the problem. You are doing nothing to stop the bigots that misjudge and mislabel Muslims. Instead, we must all choose to be anti-islamophobia. This philosophy change means a great deal. It means that you will not stand for hate against Muslims. It means that you will do your part to spread the word to end discrimination against this religious group. It means that you, as a person, are willing to contribute to improving humanity. Hate breeds hate, and when one of us is hurt, we are all hurt. We must make the conscious choice to stop hate and discrimination against Muslims in America. Stop being non-islamophobic and choose to be anti-islamophobic.