Sunday, August 1News For London

#YouAintNoMuslimBruv… Hashtag Activism, yay or nay?


A commuter was stabbed in the throat by a young man at Leytontone Tube Station, December 5th, Saturday night. In a video taken by a witness, one can hear a man calling out to the attacker saying “You ain’t no muslim bruv… you ain’t no muslim.”

This statement has since become a major trending topic on twitter.

People from all over the world have voiced their support by using the hashtag #YouAintNoMuslimBruv as way to unite against the negativity muslims face on the daily thanks to the attacks by ISIS.

Hashtags, which were initially used to spread information in a categorical manner, have now become a useful way to get your voice heard in the digital world.

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Infograph on the traction level the hashtag has received today. Source


Popular Social Awareness Hashtags

Major social protests worldwide have occurred thanks to the power of the hashtag.

The #BlackLivesMatter tag had quite an impact in getting the US government to recognise the brutal manner in which policemen treated African-American men. It also brought Americans together as a nation to combat the constant fight against racism in the country.

In 2014, First Lady, Michelle Obama showed her support for the kidnapping of 200 girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram by posting a picture of herself holding a placard with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls on it.

The hashtag soon became globally known and more effort into finding the girls was made by international entities.

First Lady, Michelle Obama showing support for the 200 Kidnapped girls in Nigeria. Source

#IllRideWithYou was a hashtag coined in Sydney during the December 2014 siege at Lindt cafe. Residents in the city used this hashtag to offer transport to their fellow Muslim citizens to make them feel safe.

#PrayForParis, despite the controversy around it, brought the whole world to a standstill in support of Paris.

As much as hashtags have become a digital voice for the people, they also have their disadvantages in that, nothing really comes out of most of these social media protests. All hashtags do is allow people to express themselves independently and provide a sense of unity, which is unfortunately shortlived.

Some of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria are still yet to be found; Police brutality against African-Americans is still on going despite the numerous marches held in various states; and the stigma against Muslims may remain rampant as long as ISIS and other Islamist groups continue recruiting and radicalising their fellow muslim brothers and sisters.