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A Muslim Girl’s Response Guide to White Supremacy

A Muslim Girl’s Response Guide to White Supremacy

How can we do these things?

1. Educate ourselves.

Muslims are not being attacked in a vacuum. Gain an intersectional understanding of the structures and actors of violence that are responsible for maintaining hateful dominance in society. Like it is not our responsibility to speak on behalf of all Muslims or have to explain why all Muslims are not terrorists time and time again (I hope you’re not still doing this), it is not the responsibility of other communities to tirelessly educate you on the issues they are facing. This is an emotionally exploitative ask of others, especially when it has already been laid out for you in the reading lists below.

2. Act.

If hateful rhetoric, actions, and policy are left unchallenged, they multiply. They affect the health of communities and community members, and will escalate in unimaginable ways. You can call your representative to voice your concern, or you can call your friend to make sure they are doing alright and not suffering alone. Rock the boat at masjid, if your community is not already critically engaged with anti-oppressive work — take them there. You can volunteer your time to educate children on diverse issues at local schools, offer to repair hateful vandalism, or donate your money to organizations doing the work. Most importantly, you can support grassroots organizations that are already doing the work — trust me, your community has many — just look a little harder.

Use your voice in the community, in the classroom, through your writing, and social media presence to create space for those who are contributing to a just society.

3. Speak up.

Do not remain silent. Actively denounce hate groups and hate crimes to contribute to a culture of accountability. Do not waste your energy combatting “keyboard warriors” and aggressive trolls. Instead, use your voice in the community, in the classroom, through your writing, and social media presence to create space for those who are contributing to a just society. Centralize the voices of those who are being attacked, in the moment. Silence condones hate.

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4. Think about the future.

The progress that has been made in the United States in the past century, from the abolition of slavery to the victory of women suffragists to the legality of same-sex marriage, although far from perfect, has been the result of intentional long-term activism, campaigns, protests, and policy change. Every time you host or attend an interfaith gathering, attend a vigil or protest, campaign for change in your local community, you are investing in a future that looks a lot more like what we wish our present could be.

5. There are already people doing this work.

If part of your paralysis is rooted in anxiety that you do not know how to help, know that people in your city are already engaging with this work at a community level. They have already identified the issues that are negatively impacting the community, and are already engaged in confronting them. No one is asking you to remake the wheel, your desire to do so is rooted in white savior complex, the well intentioned cousin of white supremacy. SURJ, Showing Up for Racial Justice, has a thorough list of local contacts that you can reach out to if you don’t know where to start.

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