Thoughts on Islamophobia and Solidarity

If police officers shoot a black Muslim in 2017, and if calls for accountability get derailed by accusations that the victim had terrorist sympathies, will Asian-American Muslim leaders at large have the wherewithal to question the fear of “black criminality”? Or will they be too eager to claim the pain of one besieged identity, the demonized Muslim, at the expense of the other? Will we expect queer Muslims to march in the streets against Islamophobia, while simultaneously being derided as “native informants” for speaking publicly about being ostracized and hated in religious communities they want to belong to? Will undocumented Latinx immigrants be able to count on our solidarity after we’ve taken refuge in the imaginary moral high ground that our folks always “follow the rules” of immigration like a good, law-abiding minority, especially in the face of the heightened, aggressive scrutiny the Muslim ban will provoke? Will we support the struggle of Native Americans in places like Standing Rock when the upholding of indigenous rights and the defense of the environment don’t serve an explicitly “Muslim interest,” when our attentions will be reasonably dominated by the assault on our civil liberties?

Check out the full essay here on the Muslim ban in America, South Asian diasporas and solidarity in a time of political crisis– written by one of our Intolerance Tracker team members, Nooreen.


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