Editor's note

After Friday’s terror attack in Melbourne, Prime Minister Scott Morrison put the onus on Muslim leaders to do more to prevent terrorism by urging them not to “look the other way”.

But as Greg Barton writes, this is not only unfair, it’s unrealistic. The only way to prevent at-risk youths being radicalised is to devote more resources to community-based intervention programs, which are quietly having considerable success turning troubled lives around.

And, after the attack, social media platforms were flooded with emoji-laden messages expressing hate and anger towards Muslims and Islam. It’s an example of a less well known side of emoji, according to Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández. While emoji are generally considered a bit of harmless fun, they can be used to spread racism on social media in ways that make it seem normal, mundane and acceptable.

Justin Bergman

Deputy Editor: Politics + Society

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Mourners pay their respects to Sisto Malaspina, co-owner of Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar, who was killed in Friday’s terror attack. James Ross/AAP

Morrison wants Muslim leaders to do more to prevent terrorism, but what more can they do?

Greg Barton, Deakin University

While broad-based counter-terrorism strategies aren't very effective at preventing lone-actor attacks, community outreach efforts are having success turning troubled young lives around.

Emoji can cloak microaggressions in humour and play. Andre Hunter/Unsplash

How the use of emoji on Islamophobic Facebook pages amplifies racism

Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, Queensland University of Technology

Emoji can be used on social media to spread racism in ways that make it seem normal, mundane and acceptable.

Detail from George Baldessin MM of Rue St Denis 1976charcoal and black chalk 119.9 x 80.6 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, MelbournePurchased with the assistance of The Docking Drawing Fund (NGV), 2001 (2001.537)© The Estate of George Baldessin

Here’s looking at: George Baldessin’s Mary Magdalene on Rue St Denis

Ted Snell, University of Western Australia

The images of Mary Magdalene made by Australian artist George Baldessin in the years before his sudden death in a car accident in 1977 are some of his most powerful works.

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