Sunday, 11 September 2016

Stooge, House Muslim, Puppet, Coconut, Uncle Tom etc

BFTF does not think it is right to use words like "stooge", "house muslim", "coconut", "puppet", "uncle Tom" etc about Muslims who are active in politics and civil society.

They are ad-hominem attacks that use innuendo to blacken someones name without bringing any specifics to the table.

They also discourage people in the BME community from stepping forward for roles in civil society as politics and dialogue necessarily involve compromise. And it is easy to hurl accusations of being a "stooge" at any such compromise.

But most of all, words like "stooge" are racist - because they ARE used against BME people and NOT against non-BME people EVEN WHEN BOTH ARE BEHAVING THE SAME WAY.

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