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Why people are calling on 'clean-shaven white men' to condemn London mosque attack
An incident near Finsbury Park Mosque in London in which a man died and 10 people were injured after a man drove a van into worshippers is being treated as a "terrorist attack," Met Police confirmed.
The first media reports were naturally wary of describing it as a terror incident — the headline on the first BBC story was "Vehicle hits pedestrians in Finsbury Park" — as they were waiting for more details to trickle in. However, one media organisation overreached with a really weird tweet: "Clean-shaven white man arrested by police as at least 10 people are injured." Clean-shaven white man arrested by police as at least 10 people are injured https://t.co/LUPrhpeSi5 — Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) June 19, 2017 It was just a matter of time until people on Twitter weighed in, underlining the perceived double standard The Daily Mail and other tabloids have when reporting about Islamist attacks: I just don't understand why the clean-shaven white male community didn't alert the authorities? https://t.co/M7aoKXOucI — Ian Sinkins (@iansinkins) June 19, 2017 People called on the "clean-shaven white male community" to condemn the attack, just like it routinely happens with Muslims: When will the clean-shaven white male community condemn this attack? — Sagar Patel (@EatTheBurrito) June 19, 2017 BREAKING: man tries to kill people based on religion, thought he was a terrorist but turns out he's clean shaven https://t.co/cSixnV8RhW — farha (@shutyourhell) June 19, 2017 So if I got this headline right—we should ban all clean shaven white men from driving until we can figure out what's going on? #FinsburyPark pic.twitter.com/jBw62nI60D — Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) June 19, 2017 Oh thank god he was clean-shaven I was worried there for a minute #FinsburyPark pic.twitter.com/OnvARPNuWT — Jonathan Riley (@JonRiley7) June 19, 2017 Clean shaven? Why not freshly showered?
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