Despite the fact that our world has never been more advanced, certain people and ideas in society always persist in holding us back. So it may have come as little surprise for many this week when the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organisation reported that there has been a massive spike in hate crimes against Muslims across the United States in 2017. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, there was a 57% spike in reported Muslim bias incidents and a 44% increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes since last year.
But sometimes it takes seeing something like that take place in real life for us to realise how extreme the divide in society has become. That’s exactly what happened this week when a clip of a Muslim woman being harassed while out shopping went viral.