People are comparing these two pictures of Grenfell Tower and the Westminster attack to make an important point


It was one of the most widely shared images of the Westminster attack last March.

A Muslim woman, wearing a headscarf, is seen walking past an injured victim on the bridge whilst on her phone. The photograph was circulated on social media as supposed evidence of the woman's lack of concern for the victim and indifference to the horror of the attack.

Of course, as the photographer himself has repeatedly stressed, the image has been “wildly misappropriated”.

Press photographer Jamie Lorriman told The Independent the woman pictured was clearly “traumatised” and “visibly distressed”. He said she was just one of hundreds fleeing the bridge, and her behaviour was “completely in line with everyone else”.

But that didn't stop the woman being subject to vicious Islamophobic attacks online. One Twitter user even posted the image alongside a photo of the Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood performing CPR on a victim with the caption, “the main difference between Muslims and Christians”.

Eventually the woman was forced to issue a statement through Tell Mama, a group which monitors anti-Muslim incidents.

I would like to say not only have I been devastated by witnessing the aftermath of a shocking and numbing terror attack, I’ve also had to deal with the shock of finding my picture plastered all over social media by those who could not look beyond my attire, who draw conclusions based on hate and xenophobia.

By contrast, this image taken of the Grenfell tower tragedy has not generated nearly as much anger.

There have been several photographs of people crassly taking selfies in front of the tower block where at least 79 people lost their lives.

Twitter user @MrPafrican pointed out the discrepancy.

Residents have put up signs near the site of the fire asking visitors not to treat the scene as a tourist attraction and to stop taking selfies.

London resident Wayne Kilo Lewis told CNN:

It was such a disgrace to see people taking selfies with the tower behind them, thinking it was OK to do that in front of residents and people who lost their loved ones in the fire. It broke my heart to see people all dressed up like it was (the Notting Hill) Carnival and guys trying to get girls' phone numbers.

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