Definition of Islamophobia

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:29 pm on 16th May 2019.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham 1:29 pm, 16th May 2019

Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that what the definition describes is a form of racism? It does not state racism per se, but rather forms of racism. Does he understand that the historical roots of racism began several hundred years ago, when at the time there was an understanding that the Christian, Ayran, European race was superior to others? For those with a different religious faith there was a pecking order, which would have put my ancestors, who were African, at the bottom. That is where it comes from. It is a form of prejudice that comes from our history.