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Watch: Living in America as a Black Muslim Woman

Being Black and Muslim is tough; it just feels as if you’re always out of the equation. That’s why Black History Month is not only a reminder for us that we should do better for our Black Muslim brothers and sisters, but also an acknowledgment of their Black excellence. The bias against Black skin and…

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Watch: How Racism Makes Us Sick

Do you think race has an impact on health? David R. Williams developed a scale that measures the impact of discrimination and racism on well-being. Traditional measures such as the impacts of systemic racism on income and education are known; the scale Williams developed exlores how factors like negative stereotypes, implicit bias, and resedential segregation…

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Poem: “I Can’t Breathe”

“I can’t breathe.” Chained and pinned under a man’s weight. “I can’t breathe.” The pressure like a boulder- suffocating hate filled violent murder “I can’t breathe.” His words we hear their truth yet not all hearts are moved “I can’t breathe.” His soul has left us and taken with it humanity’s “I can’t breathe.” “I…

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Why We Need to Stop Being “Colorblind”

“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Lilla Watson As a white woman, the time I have spent reading Black authors, including Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin…

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Stephon Clark and the Muslim Battle with Anti-Blackness

“We are all one Ummah.” We hear this sentiment a lot, and don’t get me wrong– I love it. I just wish it were true. Unfortunately, our Muslim communities, particularly the older generation, are overwhelmingly oblivious (or complacent) to the racism prevalent in our communities. As in our overall society, Black Muslims are sometimes treated as “less than” other Muslims by…