Sadique, Kim, James Tangen, and Anna Perowne

The Importance of Narrative in Responding to Hate Incidents Following ‘Trigger’ Events



We know that major terrorist attacks lead to a corresponding rise in sharp spikes of recorded anti-Muslim hate incidents. More work needs to be done in understanding mechanisms and processes that can reduce societal divisions after major terrorist attacks. This report is the first of its kind looking at a practical example of how tensions and hate incidents were dampened by multiple positive forces at work after the Westminster attack. This report underscores the need for quick and early mobilization and communication interventions, closing the window for hate groups to promote their divisiveness and in detaching the actions of the terrorist from wider Muslim communities.