SHAFAQNA – With the alarming rise of Islamophobia in recent months, Muslims around the world have become subject to horrific racist attacks both online and off.
The latest victim? Muslim Journalist, speaker and media personality Noor Tagouri.
Late on Sunday, Tagouri took to her social media platforms and shared a heartbreaking racist encounter she recently faced.
In a Facebook post, she wrote that while she was on board a plane, a passenger on her flight whispered “kill yourself” as she walked past him to get to her seat.
“Guy on my flight whispered ‘kill yourself’ as I walked past him to get to my seat”
Hundreds react on social media
Soon after she posted her experience, hundreds reacted to it, sharing their thoughts on what has unfortunately become a common occurrence in the daily lives of Muslims and several other minorities.
A few were speechless
Many just couldn’t even
Hate fueled attacks on the rise
This is certainly not the first hate fueled attack shared on social media in recent months.
Earlier this year, a study revealed that 2016 was a “banner year for hate,” and a lot of that hate was targeted towards Muslims.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 2016 saw the highest number of anti-Muslim hate groups and the greatest surge in the number of such groups since the center began documenting them in 2010.
Other studies revealed that Anti-Muslim hate groups increased by 197 percent over the course of one year.
There were 34 anti-Muslim hate groups in the U.S. in 2015. That number tripled to a whopping 101 groups in 2016, a surge of 197 percent – the greatest increase among all hate groups.