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Cultural Humility: Why We Should End Cultural Competence in the West

In western societies, instead of tapping into practicing cultural humility, the mainstream makes negative assumptions about, and even criminalize, Muslim women who wear burkas and veils. The catch is that with the prevailing norm is that people don’t try to take cultural differences as opportunities for them to learn and grow. Instead, they start to…


Does Implicit Bias Impact How You Think?

What do you know about implicit bias? Do you find yourself having responses to situations and not understand why you feel the way you do? How critical are you in your thinking? How willing are you to break free from your old thoughts? What do you know about implicit bias? Take a listen to Melanie…


What’s Wrong With Mo Salah’s Positive Representation?

Representation in sports can change hearts and minds. In a world where we are divided, constantly picking political sides or having debates about religion, it might seem surprising that football unites us all. At the core of football is unity and allyship, with support from players, bosses, and fans. I ask myself how one team…


Why Has the Democratic Party Repeatedly Failed Minorities?

This article was originally published in Visible Magazine (June 20, 2019).   As the nation gears up for the upcoming Democratic candidate debate, one thing that almost certainly won’t be on the agenda is the party’s treatment of its loyal Muslim members, like me. Like many in my community, I have been fiercely loyal to the Democratic…

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Here’s Why Your Colorism Won’t Define Me

I looked in the mirror. I saw a chocolate-colored girl with thick, two-toned lips, and curls that grew up towards the sun, and were slightly crazy because no one really knew how to look after them. I looked at my mother, a woman the color of milky-coffee, with thin, pink lips, and relaxed hair. She…


Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor: Was the Post-Fight Scuffle Religiously Charged?

You won’t normally catch me watching UFC fight night, but the latest match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor got quite interesting to say the least. Nurmagomedov dominated McGregor during the fight itself, but what happened afterwards is what most people are talking about instead, effectively overshadowing Nurmagomedov’s win. Immediately post-match, a brawl occurred, causing…