Article Review : The List Created By The Runnymede Trust Runs

2045 Words May 23rd, 2016 9 Pages
The list created by the Runnymede Trust runs a stark parallel to the political and social happenings in this country and around the world. Anti-terrorism legislation in the United States, and to an even greater extent in other countries like France and Switzerland, has become a vehicle for Islamophobia and creates even greater hardship for Muslims everywhere. On a social level, the Runnymede Trust’s forewarning of Islamophobia becoming more respectable is actualizing. Intellectual Islamophobia in the ilk of Bill Maher is becoming increasingly popular in American culture, and it runs largely on the views the report points out. An important aspect in the discussion about Islam, and one that ties into why a commentator like Bill Maher seems to be at the center of this debate is white privilege. White privilege is a term for societal privileges that benefit white people in western countries beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances. The term is used to describe the both obvious and less obvious passive advantages that white persons may not recognize they have, which distinguishes it from overt bias or prejudice. These include cultural affirmations of one 's own worth; presumed greater social status; and freedom to move, buy, work, play, and speak freely. In the context over the debate about the fundamental fracture of Islam, white privilege is manifested in what seems to be valuing of white…

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