This week's Finsbury Park Mosque attack was the latest terrorist incident to hit the UK. The political response was similar to the two tragedies in Manchester and London Bridge, but this attack was different and the coverage reflected that.
As a country we are used to Islamic Extremism. We know the tone to expect in the news. We know which countries the terrorist may have links to, the groups they may be aware of and the calls to ban hate speech.
The Times's front page summed it up, there was no mention of terrorism in the headline that led with "Jobless 'lonewolf' held over Mosque attack". While there are those who will claim this is primarily down to reporting restrictions as the terrorist is still alive, we need to recognise that language matters. Particularly in these cases. By not calling the perpetrator a terrorist, the media can be accused of double standards.
We have become an 'insert scare headline here' society. Perhaps inadvertently, faith communities are often on the receiving end of the vitriol. Whilst the Finsbury Park attack is an extreme example, the rise in Islamophobic attacks points to a trend. As a society we have to make sure that we are not allowing the scaremongering to continue. If we want to stop hate crime, we need to put our stereotypes in our back pockets.
When we are constantly under attack, it is easy to get caught in the whirlwind of blame and generalisation. But if we are responsible with our language, we can begin to clamp down on the causes of hate.
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