[ View the story "#ISpeakOutBecause takes on oppression, bigotry" on Storify] #ISpeakOutBecause takes on oppression, bigotry Sparks fly on Twitter as anti-Islam activists attempt to hijack hashtag created by American Muslims.
The Stream· Tue, Aug 12 2014 16:53:14
Twitter users jumped in with their contributions.
#ISpeakOutBecause as a human being, I know that our humanity is bound up together. None of us can be truly free until all of us are free.omid safi
#ISpeakOutBecause silence would mean I'm on the side of the oppressor. #FreePalestine #SupportGazaRaissa FreePalestine
#ispeakoutbecause humanity demands it #SupportGaza #NO2ISIS #no2genocide #EndtheOccupationNada
But the campaign was quickly
by anti-Islam activists.
#ISpeakOutBecause silencing criticism is one of Islam's main obsessions.#ISpeakOutBecause
#ISpeakOutBecause Because Islam allows lashings and child marriages. #HumanRights #WomensrightsResponsibleRadical
#ISpeakOutBecause I see Muslims in #America advancing Islam. What will they do if groups like ISIS gain a foothold here? Think about it.Kristy Lonestar
Some pointed out that the anti-Islam response only illustrated the need for the hashtag in the first place.
That awkward moment when Muslim organization starts #ISpeakOutBecause campaign and Islamophobes use it to show their ignorance and bigotry.Linda Sarsour
#ISpeakOutBecause it brings the racists out and they expose themselves. Better to know who they are. #no2isis #FREEGAZA #FergusonShootingSamira
#ISpeakOutBecause Islamophobic tweets are making the case for why standing together against ALL terrorism is so importantSusan Russell
#ISpeakOutBecause we all need to stand up against the #evil and #hate from #islamophobes and #bigots.Afzal Syed
Others used the hashtag to separate themselves from movements like the Islamic State.
#ISpeakOutBecause ISIS does not speak for my faith!Haris Tarin
#ISpeakOutBecause those who abuse Islam as a political catalyst have misrepresented & misinterpreted it. ISIS ≠ Islam. @mpac_nationalAadil S. Malik
#ISpeakOutBecause believing ISIS represents Islam is like believing the KKK represents Christianity.Ammad Quraishi
The hashtag continues to be used, with more than
tweets sent so far, as users speak out against oppression across the globe.
#ISpeakOutBecause tragedies like the killing of #MichaelBrown shouldn't be the only times we pay attention to racism.Hanif Kiriakos
#ISpeakOutBecause I demand our government be on the right side of history, and to quit tainting our identities as Americans.Manal
#ISpeakOutBecause as an American who's been in #Palestine I know what is really going on, and feel the need to teach my fellow AmericansGrace Harrington