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Miss UK: Stereotyping Causes Terrorism

From the UK’s Daily Mail:


Stereotyping is leading to terror, says first Muslim Miss England

31st August 2006

The first Muslim to be crowned Miss England has warned that stereotyping members of her community is leading some towards extremism.

Hammasa Kohistani made history last year when she was chosen to represent England in the Miss World pageant.

But one year on, the 19-year-old student from Hounslow feels that winning the coveted beauty title last September was a "sugar coating for Muslims who have become more alienated in the past 12 months.

She said: "The attitude towards Muslims has got worse over the year. Also the Muslims’ attitude to British people has got worse.

"Even moderate Muslims are turning to terrorism to prove themselves. They think they might as well support it because they are stereotyped anyway

But at the same time, she said, "there is this hostility, which comes "mainly from the Government

Miss Kohistani said: "Tony Blair addressed Muslims in particular, telling them that they need to sort out the problem within. That was a huge stereotype of the Islamic community. Even the more moderate Muslims have been stereotyped negatively and feel they have to take actions to prove themselves.

Born in Uzbekistan and raised in Afghanistan, Miss Kohistani divided Muslim opinion when she entered and won the Miss England pageant in Liverpool.

Several community leaders openly declared her to be betraying the laws of Islam while radical Muslims sent the teenager and her family death threats.

But after a busy year travelling around the world as an ambassador for England, Miss Kohistani said she feels Muslims are unfairly being branded as terrorists

She continued: "The bridge I have made is slowly being broken by more and more wars. Now the Iran situation is brought up and another Islamic country is under scrutiny – and the recent Heathrow scare. I guess I am needed even more now than last year to an extent because of what has happened.

"It is not for me to answer how to get people to turn away from terrorism. The politicians don’t know what to do and I am just a 19-year-old."

I wonder what has caused people to start looking askance at Muslims?

But I am sort of missing the logic. Muslims are forced to do acts of terrorism to overcome the stereotyping that they are terrorists?


Also, note that Miss Kohistani and her family received death threats — from Muslims — when she entered the pageant.

But I guess that was also Bush’s Blair’s fault.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 31st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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