Between losing my laptop and an awkward sleep schedule, it's been hard to get to my blog for the past few weeks, but I will start researching again starting tomorrow, if Allah wills.
I'd like to mention Tahera Ahmad. I can't imagine being on a plane on my own, in tears because people were being racist and cursing me out. And I find it scary that no one stood up for her. Was it because they didn't want to become the target of the people's hatred or was she surrounded by islamophobics?
And then in a church in Charleston, ten people were shot and nine of those people died. The terrorist who shot them wanted to start a race war. I read his website. On it, he put forth an analogy: white people are to men as black people are to dogs. It's the same nightmare again and again for African Americans. And not just us-- any group that has been oppressed because of people's ignorance. We need to stop labeling people. Muslim or not, it is NOT OKAY to terrorize a person. Black or not, it is NOT OKAY to murder a person.
Racist people's humanity can only be seen through the fragmented stained glass of ignorance. We have no power to make them see clearer. The best we can do is show them the truth and hope that they will really see it.