On June 21st, a hate group placed an ad in our local newspaper that attempted to spread disinformation and Islamophobia. It reminded us all of why we are committed to our work at Millions and why we must stand up against hate. In lieu of our typical newsletter, we have attached our Tennessean opinion editorial in response to this ad. Our team has also included a link to our long-form blog post outlining our actionable plan in solidarity with Black lives. I ask that you read both. Please use us as a resource as we move forward into this crucial time in our country’s history. I have an immense amount of hope, for all of us.
A thief named Hate visited these pages on Sunday. Disguised in the form of an offensive advertisement placed by a fringe doomsday group, it tried again to steal the soul of our community by dividing us. This advertisement slanderously employed religious rhetoric to claim that “Islam” was going to harm our community.
Sadly, like many Tennesseans, I have encountered this same thief before, and it has stolen precious moments from my own family and community. I’ve even personally been wounded and scarred by it through vicious disinformation campaigns that demonized my existence.
Separatist groups call upon Hate when communities are working their hardest to bridge divides. History gives us ample evidence for Hate’s tactics. On Sunday, June 21, Hate weaponized the same playbook it uses in this deadly game.
The thief called Hate paid The Tennessean to strategically place a full-page ad with language that would trigger fear across our communities. Hate chose Muslims as its target, and it weaponized our religion, Islam.