23 reasons why racism is still a big issue in the Muslim Community

by MuslimARC and Mozzified Staff

Even though we’re supposed to appreciate all languages and colors…

#Quran30:22

1) Skin Bleaching Creams can be found in Halal Markets.

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2) We’ve been taught to hate our own skin.

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#internalizedracism

3) The hashtag #NotFairAndLovely trended with horrific stories of colorism.

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4) Having naturally “straight” hair is privileged at sister’s parties.

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Even though looking down on one another and name calling are considered sinful….

#Quran49:11

5) Some Arab and South Asian Youth think it’s okay to use the N-word on Social Media.

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6) Black Muslim and Bangladeshi kids are bullied in Islamic Schools.

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7) It is okay to belly dance, but not twerk or whine.

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8) Cultural appropriation is rife in our community.

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9) There are anti-Black slurs in Urdu, Arabic, and Somali.

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10) You’re considered a downer when you tell your friend that racist jokes are not funny.

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Even though our imams tell us that intercultural dialogue and getting to know each other is the reason why we have such diversity…

#Quran49:13

11) Parents are disowning their adult children for marrying suitable Muslims outside their ethnic group.

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12) Social gatherings and oftentimes entire mosques are segregated.

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13) No one talks to that new sister at the mosque.

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14) Our mosques become cultural centers, rather than places of worship welcome for all.

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Even though Muslim activists will point out that as a community, we are committed to social justice, …

#Quran4:135

15) There are Muslim owned liquor stores in inner cities.

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16) Many in our community are horrified by violence and discrimination against Muslims, but justify how other ethnic minorities, like Latinos and Black people, are treated.

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17) We will be upset about visa applications and refugees, but not advocate for undocumented Latinos.

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18) We get upset about being harassed at airports, but justify stop-and-frisk and racial profiling of Black and Latinos.

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19) Some Muslims are horrified when Ahmed is arrested for having a clock, but have not condemned the killing of Tamir Rice.

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Even though, as a multi-ethnic religious minority, allyship and coalition building are important…

#Quran9:71

20) Some Muslims continue to use phrases like #MuslimLivesMatter although Black Muslims and Black Lives Matter activists ask them not to because it is hurtful.

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21) People focus on giving charity to their homeland and do not address poverty and suffering of others.

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22) Dark-skinned African and Rohingya refugees do not pull on our heart strings and spur us to donate to support their cause as much as light-skinned Muslims.

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23) Only some countries get mentioned in the du’a at the end of our khutbas.

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  • Hauwa

    This is so perfectly accurate !!

  • Omkar Yadav

    It’s like seeing the same gif pasted over and over… please find some diversity in the expressions…

  • Amal Ali

    Yes, AMEN to all of this. The antiblackness in Arab and South Asian communities is utterly ridiculous. I went to school with Arabs to be specific and had a horrific experience. Every time you try to bring up these issues people shut you down and say the Muslim community needs to be united, don’t make us look bad. This avoidance just lets issues fester. I know so many people who don’t flex with Arabs/South Asians to this day because of their experiences at school, mosque with them.

  • southasian girl

    Not to mention the way muslim women who dont take hija or hang out with nonmuslim friends are treated by other muslims..