Minutes after news of the explosion in Manchester last night went live, “Manchester” began trending almost immediately with messages of solidarity, people trying to locate their loved ones, prayers and, sadly, speculations about the attack and its relation to “Muslims.”
Unfortunately, instead of focusing on the real issue at hand, debates on whether or not Islam equals terrorism have, once again, become very popular online – even before any extremist group had claimed responsibility of an attack.
So while bigots spewed their ignorance on Twitter last night, as per usual, many realized that if religion is going to be brought into the discussion, the focus should be shifted onto something much more accurate than calling all Muslims terrorists:
Dont. Blame. An. Entire. Religion.
The attack in Manchester is heartbreaking, and our thoughts are prayers go out to all the victims, their families and the city. Let’s focus on spreading light during tragedies like these instead of using old, worn out stereotypes to harm those doing good in our communities.