What signs were posted after the Boston Bombing? After Muslims hijacked planes from a Boston airport on 9/11? Or numerous other terror plots, attacks and crimes by Muslims in Boston?
Boston Not-So Strong. Source: City Posts Signs Depicting How To Help Defuse Islamophobic Situations | WBUR News
City workers are putting up PSA posters around Boston Monday in a new initiative to show people how to safely step in and help stop incidents of Islamophobic harassment.
The cartoons depict a public transit scene where a disheartened-looking woman wearing a hijab sits while an irate person towers above her in a threatening manner. Another young woman looks on before deciding to intervene.
The step-by-step instructions, city officials said, encourage bystanders to quickly strike up conversations with Muslims being assailed by strangers, in hopes the actions will help disrupt the abuse, make victims feel safer and less alienated, and help disempower perpetrators.
The posters also stress that both bystanders and victims should ignore the attacker, which city officials said in a statement is an approach called “non-complementary behavior.” The logic is that harassers will stop or go away as others’ reactions deviate from their expectations and as they lose a captive audience.
The posters, which were originally designed in 2015 by a Paris-based artist known as Maeril, are being placed on city-owned furniture in about 50 locations, officials said. Other cities, like San Francisco and New York, have launched similar campaigns.
The initiative follows recent charges against a man for allegedly yelling anti-Muslim slurs at a 61-year-old woman who was wearing a headscarf and riding the Orange Line.
“It’s an awkward place to be in, when you see someone being harassed,” said Faisa Sharif, Boston’s citywide Somali neighborhood service liaison.
Did you know Boston has a growing Somali Muslim diaspora? Is the neighborhood service liaison a taxpayer-funded position? Like the posters, taxation for Islamization.