- Hind Makki, a writer and one of the founders of @MuslimARC, said the intention is to ask "black African-Americans and African-descended Muslims to share their thoughts on the racism that they encounter and also the beauty of being black and Muslim".
- Users shared their experiences with racism online, with others expressing support or empathising with the stories.
- — French Saiai (@ItsColdWhereiAm)Wed, Feb 12 2014 20:45:51Being told 'I'd marry anyone, Islam is all about mixing' and then being told 'Not a black sister though' #BeingBlackAndMuslim
- — Hind Makki (@HindMakki)Wed, Feb 12 2014 19:36:42Understanding all the racist comments directed your way at the mosque when you were a kid bc you speak Arabic at home #BeingBlackAndMuslim
- — Ibrahim Sincere (@IbrahimSincere)Thu, Feb 13 2014 13:31:24
- — Ibrahim Sincere (@IbrahimSincere)Thu, Feb 13 2014 13:31:44@xDimpleZ being lightskin is beautiful and something to aspire to. Whilst being dark skinned is seen as unattractive
- Participants also shared positive experiences growing up black and Muslim.
- — The Token Somali (@caaliyo91)Wed, Feb 12 2014 18:10:17#BeingBlackAndMuslim Islam and Arab = not synonymous. Proud of my African/Blackness, they're not in contradiction with being Muslim.
- — Dawud Walid (@DawudWalid)Wed, Feb 12 2014 18:06:06My dad made sure that my first action figure was Muhammad Ali. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-UPPER-DECK-PRO-SHOTS-STATUE-1965-WORLD-HEAVYWEIGHT-CHAMP-MUHAMMAD-ALI-FIGURE-/171240778281 … #BeingBlackAndMuslim
- — Khaliff Watkins (@greenleafbrown)Thu, Feb 13 2014 02:03:59#BeingBlackAndMuslim is spending good times with your family-- the Muslims, the Christians, the Agnostics-- taking care of all your kin.
- — Fatima Siwaju (@fatima_1702)Wed, Feb 12 2014 18:09:15My parents embraced Islam in the Black Power era. They accepted Islam becuz it spoke to all races. It is colorblind. #beingblackandmuslim
- Some discussed being treated as inferior because of their race.
- — Sahra (@Sahraa_Ali)Thu, Feb 13 2014 13:14:18Being told im giving islam a bad name through #beingblackandmuslim. I guess demanding not to be treated inferior B/C of skin is...too much?
- Discrimination specifically against black Muslim women was also raised.
- — Nusrat AbdurRahman (@Nusrat_Lodda)Wed, Feb 12 2014 23:11:38#BeingBlackAndMuslim When a black muslimah shows assertiveness and it's diagnosed as "being ghetto" or "angry black woman" syndrome.
- — Fatima Hassan (@phatimah)Wed, Feb 12 2014 19:23:40Worrying abt discussing challenges we face in immigrant, elite Muslim circles for fear being cast an angry blk woman #BeingBlackAndMuslim
- 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.
- — Khaled M (@thisisKhaledM)Thu, Feb 13 2014 04:49:41
What is it like #BeingBlackAndMuslim?
Netizens discuss race and faith in the Muslim community.
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