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Posted On: 5th Jan 2016

Islamophobia Fix On ITV

Fixer Shay Miah
Inside a mosque
Dr Matthew Feldman, Teeside University

‘When people hear the word Islam they automatically think terrorism. I feel like I’m hated for my religion.’

British Muslim Shay Miah (20) from Hartlepool wants to tackle Islamophobia after he was subjected to both physical and verbal abuse for his beliefs.

His story was broadcast on ITV Tyne Tees on Thursday 14th January.

In the TV film, Shay speaks about the prejudice he's faced and meets a young woman who went through similar experiences.

'I've grown up in the north east and I do feel I stand out from the rest,' explains Shay.

‘In Hartlepool, two per cent of the population is made up of ethnic minorities and 98 per cent is British white.

‘The abuse I got growing up was verbal and it became physical. Recently, I think it’s got much worse, especially with what’s happening worldwide.

'People are mistaking minority extremists for the majority of the Muslim community.

‘It’s for that reason that I fear for my safety.

‘Everybody is human and we live in a multicultural society. We should appreciate that we’ve got so much diversity in this country.’

 

With Fixers, Shay has helped to produce a short film about the issue.

 

In it he talks about some of the racial abuse he and many like him face on a daily basis and calls for more to be done about it.

 

Watch the film by clicking below. 

 

 

 

Dr Matthew Feldman, Professor of Contemporary History at Teeside University, appears in the broadcast piece in support of Shay’s campaign.

He says: ‘Anti-Muslim hate crime seems to be growing.

‘I think that people who care about building a fair Britain, that is based on individual rights, need to stand up and say that this is prejudicial. It is encouraging hatred and violence against Muslims in this country and it needs to stop.’


Shay adds: ‘If I make a difference on this issue it would feel like a dream come true.

‘I’d feel that I had accomplished what I set out to do and it would mean that telling my story had been worthwhile.

‘It would be the best thing I’ve done in my life.’

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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