British journalist Shaista Aziz says that she has personally experienced racist attacks since the Brexit vote. She tells My Salaam that she founded the Facebook-based “Everyday Bigotry Project” to monitor incidents and give Muslims a platform to documents experiences of Islamophobia and bigotry.
“I felt that that Muslims had started to internalise the Islamophobia. So we wanted to bring the feelings outside instead of inside and document it. How does it materialise [from] day to day? What does it look like, and what does it feel like?”
Aziz believes that the confidence of the far-right contingent has been boosted since the Brexit vote and “the UK government needs to understand that this is very real and they must condemn it from the top.”
“We have to be clear from the Prime Minister downwards that it is not acceptable to abuse people based on their identities, and this should also include language used.”