At @happyops we have been deeply shaken since the terrible Mosque shooting in Christchurch. In New Zealand there has been deep reflection each person’s past behaviour, such as journalists owning up to their contribution to acceptable racism and acceptable Islamophobia in the media.
A friend recently confided in us and told us that they are profoundly proud to be Kiwi. It is because of the public outpouring of compassion and love for the Muslim community, by the show of solidarity with Muslim people by wearing the hijab, and by the new unity that has been formed between New Zealand communities.
The past narrative of acceptable Islamophobia must now be replaced by a new unity, a new togetherness, a new us.