[ View the story "What it is like #BeingBlackAndMuslim?" on Storify] What it is like #BeingBlackAndMuslim? Netizens discuss race and faith in the Muslim community.
The Stream· Thu, Feb 13 2014 10:10:16
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Users shared their experiences with racism online, with others expressing support or empathising with the stories.
#BeingBlackAndMuslim: Being told that I speak Arabic quite well for someone who is Black & shocking people b/c I can read the QuranAzza عزّة
Being told 'I'd marry anyone, Islam is all about mixing' and then being told 'Not a black sister though' #BeingBlackAndMuslimFrench Saiai
Understanding all the racist comments directed your way at the mosque when you were a kid bc you speak Arabic at home #BeingBlackAndMuslimHind Makki
@xDimpleZ #BeingBlackAndMuslim but both arabs and asians look down on Black people more than each other. A simple example is the idea thatIbrahim Sincere
@xDimpleZ being lightskin is beautiful and something to aspire to. Whilst being dark skinned is seen as unattractiveIbrahim Sincere
Participants also shared positive experiences growing up black and Muslim.
#BeingBlackAndMuslim Islam and Arab = not synonymous. Proud of my African/Blackness, they're not in contradiction with being Muslim.The Token Somali
My dad made sure that my first action figure was Muhammad Ali.
#BeingBlackAndMuslim is spending good times with your family-- the Muslims, the Christians, the Agnostics-- taking care of all your kin.Khaliff Watkins
My parents embraced Islam in the Black Power era. They accepted Islam becuz it spoke to all races. It is colorblind. #beingblackandmuslimFatima Siwaju
Some discussed being treated as inferior because of their race.
My black peers and I forever being overlooked as contributors in our Muslim community bc we are not Arab or Desi #BeingBlackAndMuslimLeila
Being told im giving islam a bad name through #beingblackandmuslim. I guess demanding not to be treated inferior B/C of skin is...too much?Sahra
#BeingBlackAndMuslim is to be accused of pushing a racial cause anytime you bring up issues relevant to black MuslimsBro. K
Discrimination specifically against black Muslim women was also raised.
The most marginalized person in the American Muslim community is the Black female Muslim. #BeingBlackAndMuslimDawud Walid
#BeingBlackAndMuslim When a black muslimah shows assertiveness and it's diagnosed as "being ghetto" or "angry black woman" syndrome.Nusrat AbdurRahman
Worrying abt discussing challenges we face in immigrant, elite Muslim circles for fear being cast an angry blk woman #BeingBlackAndMuslimFatima Hassan
Some online were quick to clarify that discrimination is not in the teachings of Islam. However, others said such an argument overlooks prejudice that does occur.
There are no second class citizens in Islam. #BeingBlackAndMuslimHusain Abdullah
"an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab" #BeingBlackAndMuslim #ProphetsLastSermonKhaled M
#BeingBlackAndMuslim Alhamdulillah Islam is not a race, Islam is for everyone, although some seem to act and think otherwise.Abdul Raheem Rudolph
#BeingBlackAndMuslim Also saying 'Islam is not racist' is no defence for racist muslims.Rafik
Others discussed the use of the word "abid" (Arabic for slave), which is used to describe black people by some Arabic speakers. In September, Walid wrote an
titled "Fellow humans are not 'abid'" that generated
#BeingBlackAndMuslim is when Arab muslims would never dream of using the 'n' word, but had no problem saying "Abeed" to fellow muslimsAzza عزّة
N****r in English. 'Abeed' in Arabic. 'Kallu' in Urdu/Hindi. #BeingBlackAndMuslimibn Percy
#BeingBlackAndMuslim leveling according to the American ethic standard,I'm black to my African I'm Sudanese Arab to Arab I'm just an 'abid'Nadia Ali
While many commended the campaign's efforts, some debated the use of specific terminology like "racism" to discuss the issue.
You might wanna actually read the dictionary definition of Racism before you accuse minorities of being racist... #BeingBlackAndMuslimIbni Adam
I respect this #BeingBlackAndMuslim hashtag and everything it stands for but I see a lot of tweets bashing Arabs or other races." Aaghaz Ahmed
Can't make everyone happy and twitter hashtags r a prime example. Sadly the HT #BeingBlackAndMuslim is being taken out of context by folks.AbdulBasit Syed
Thanks to our Stream community member for bringing this story to our attention.
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