[ View the story "#BlackInMSA sheds light on experiences of black students in Muslim groups" on Storify] #BlackInMSA sheds light on experiences of black students in Muslim groups Black Muslim students share stories of exclusion on campus.
The Stream· Mon, Nov 23 2015 17:56:43
Before I go to sleep I want to put this in the ether for the weekend.
What has Black Muslims experiences been like in MSAs?
This Wednesday I heard some horror stories coming from black students and PWIs. Is this fact or fiction?
Others chimed in.
I feel too out of place to even join mine. #BlackInMSAqueen mother
I'm an old head: my experiences w/MSA as undergrad two decades ago were full of antiblackness & erasure. Not much has changed. #BlackinMSADonna Auston
Walking into a room & everyone speaking either Urdu or Arabic was intimidating. My 1st Ramadan away at college I ate alone #BlackInMSAKameelah M. Rashad
People used the hashtag for broader reflections on race and Islam.
Forgetting Islam didn't come to this country on a student visa. It came in the belly of a cargo ship, in the heart of a slave. #BlackInMSAJ.S. Neil
The melanin of your skin does not and should not determine just how knowledgable of the religion you are. #BlackinMSA #BlackinMasjidsFatima Ibrahim
Honestly sick of people hiding behind islam to mask their racism. Islam is anti racism, doesn't mean you can't perpetuate racism #BlackInMSAamina
Many noted a reluctance to engage with issues affecting black students on campus, especially in light of
protests and police killings of black Americans.
Not supporting social justice causes because MSA is supposed to be "apolitical". Good luck fighting islamophobia w/o solidarity. #BlackInMSAIman
When your MSA won't participate in BLM movement but would work an entire semester raising funds for Arab nations. #BlackInMSAQuirky_Qeer
Seeing Desi&Arab MSA members fall over each other 2 organize 4 Syrian Refugees but there were 2 sides 2 the story 4 Freddie Gray #BlackInMSALeila