Meeting: Islamophobia, the New Racism

Tuesday 1 March / 7.30 p.m. / Keynes Hall, King's College, Cambridge CB2 1ST

The crude and hateful remarks of the would-be US presidential candidate Donald Trump have opened eyes, but reasonable people may still be reluctant to accept the idea that racism can target the religion of Islam. Yet what's happened in recent years, especially since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, can be understood as Muslim identities being recast as markers of racial difference – and so made available to hate.*

At this meeting called by Cambridge Stand Up to Racism, we'll discuss how to fight racism in its latest shape with guests Zita Holbourne (PCS National Executive, TUC Race Relations Committee), Malia Bouattia (NUS Black Students Officer), Lee Jasper (Black Activists Rising Against Cuts), and another to be confirmed.

* This argument is drawn from Arun Kundnani's essential books, The End of Tolerance (Pluto, 2007) and The Muslims are Coming (Verso, 2014).

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