In response to the violence and death caused by the intentional race riots caused by white nationalists, aka White supremacists, aka the KKK, aka neo-nazis, during the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Va., you might be reflecting upon overwhelming feelings of grief, fear, anger, confusion, or emotional paralysis. These are all incredibly valid and human feelings in response to such perpetual and targeted violence against marginalized communities that we are witnessing, if not experiencing, time and time again. You’re right, this isn’t okay.
Please, please take care of yourself during this difficult time, whatever that needs to look like for you. We just ask that when you’re refortified, please do not use your pain or fear to stay away from actively engaging with the issue at hand. Do not turn away. We can not remain silent, as this directly upholds and actively perpetuates white supremacy and violence conducted under it’s name. Do not be *surprised* when such protests turn violent, or even deadly, and please do perpetuate false equivalencies of violence being committed on “many, many sides,” as the President has so cowardly, but unequivocally in line with his character, has done.
Know that, if you are not actively pushing back against the systems of oppression that allow violence like you saw at Charlottesville, like you saw with the murder of Nabra Hassanen or Trayvon Martin, and like you see everyday as you go through your daily routine, you are part of the problem. The stakes are simply too high to say it any other way.
This is not a call-out, so much as it is a call-in. I am reaching out to Muslim Girls, not about, but in light of Charlottesville. While you may feel helpless, in shock, and burdened by the continued violence perpetuated by against many of the communities that you identify with, including but not limited to your Islam, we are being called upon to speak up and show up. Here is how you can do it.