This past week, many Tumblr users were expressing concerns, some even making claims that when users, particularly white users, of the popular recreational drug, marijuana, when making use of the phrase “getting stoned,” to describe the act of going under the influence of the drug they are actually appropriating part of Islamic culture. “’Stoning’ is a part of Islamic culture, MY people’s culture, and [people of Caucasian origins use] the term “getting stoned” lightly.”
One Tumblr user in particular, whose name will not be revealed to avoid undue harassment, claimed that white people using the phrase to describe an activity involving drug use was highly offensive due to them feeling that stoning is an integral part of Islamic culture. Another factor influencing them very well may be the fact that Muslims (in this case, Middle Eastern Muslims) have had a long history of hostility with Europeans. Recent examples of these long-lived hostilities become abundantly clear when taking a look at the current and sometimes dire situation in many places across Europe. Sometimes extending beyond Europe, especially regarding the massive influx of Syrian refugees in the wake civil war and the atrocities committed by ISIL.
When we attempted to approach this user and ask a few questions, rather
than cooperating, they decided to respond with insults(and copious
amounts of emojis), and we were subsequently blocked from communicating.
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