by Miklos Bolza
Originally published: August 8, 2016
“In the race of life, you can all be running at the same speed but some have many, many barriers in their way and others don’t.”
Mariam Veiszadah – lawyer, anti-hate speech advocate and President of the Islamophobia Register Australia – spoke on Thursday evening at an event hosted by the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA), Tackling Islamophobia and creating more inclusive workplaces for Australian Muslims.
Islamophobia at its heart is rooted in fear and ignorance of the unknown, she said. It is a dread or hatred of Islam which leads to the fear or dislike of all or most Muslims.