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Dec 22, 2017

Flinders Street attack begets online racist hatred, which tabloids feed on

Hatred on social media -- and the tabloids that eat it up -- is born of ignorance, and the media has a responsibility to change that it, writes Irfan Yusuf.

Irfan Yusuf — Lawyer, author and commentator

Irfan Yusuf

Lawyer, author and commentator

After news broke than an SUV that had smashed its way through a very familiar part of Melbourne on Thursday, news outlets reported it was a deliberate incident, not just an accident. Later, terrorism was ruled out, the perpetrator having a long history of drug abuse and mental illness.

We soon learned the driver was an Australian of Afghan heritage. The hateful commentators, columnists and trolls were waiting for this moment. “These Afghans come to our country and refuse to follow our ways”. “Wherever the Afghans go, terrorism follows”. “Afghans are the ones who filled our country with drugs”. On and on they went.

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  1. MAC TEZ

    Not to worry Irfan, as a former Liberal candidate you’ll be pleased to hear one of your own in the form of Scott Mostlyscum has vowed to fight against the ridicule of religion when and wherever it rears its ugly head and as soon as he’s saved the Christians from the Atheists, he’ll be there to fight the good fight on behalf of Muslims, rest assured.

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