After the Terrorist Attacks in Paris, Kenya, and Beirut during the November 14-16th 2015 weekend many in the Islamic Community took to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat to spread word that those attacks were #NotInMyName
and that groups like Daesh (formerly called ISIS, ISIL, or the "Islamic State") do not represent the faith of the majority of Muslims in the world. When I saw this come across my feed on Facebook, shared from +Mashable
I immediately thought about the #NotAllMen
hashtag that went around awhile ago, and felt terrible that my mind had drawn the connection, so I needed to process a bit.
It's very easy for me at this particular moment to think about the refugee crisis in the European Union and think about tweets like the ones that went around after #NotAllMen
started to trend explaining how, sure, not all men may be rapists or violent towards women, but in a world in which ANY man could be a rapist, and that all women have to deal with sexual aggression, it's difficult to tell who is and who isn't, so women are wary of ALL men.
Given that context: we know that not all Muslims are terrorists or part of Daesh, in fact most of the refugees coming into the European Union are in fact fleeing from groups like that. But, it's very easy for me imagine that right now people in Paris France, and in places like Kenya where there was another attack by another group, that they feel this way, right? They feel afraid because that is, in fact, the goal of a group like Daesh and other terrorist orgs. They want us to be afraid and lash out impulsively so they can further their own narrative of an evil western christian world.