Between NotYourStockMuslim and a couple of other similar campaigns that have popped up, I have some thoughts I’d like to share.
My issue with stuff like this, is that it reinforces the idea that it is up to the folks experiencing racism to “break the stereotype” that they did not create in the first place. I mean, think about it: how many Muslims/people thought to be Muslim have done this post-9/11? If that could really change up the narrative, wouldn’t it have changed by now?
That’s because Muslims don’t decide what the mainstream discourse looks like. And the folks who dictate that, or have power over it, are the ones that need to be changing the narrative.
I get the need for a forum to air out some of these feelings, and Twitter has proven to be a good space for that in many ways. And as someone who “passes” it is certainly easy for me to sit on the sidelines and critique. And I am usually torn, because I love seeing these conversations happening. I know that this stems from a very real need. So again: no disrespect.
But inevitably, some of these conversations reinforce the “Good Muslim vs. Bad Muslim” trope. And I’m afraid that no amount of ~*empowered, feisty, Muslim ladies*~ will change that. We know that already, right? It’s been over a decade.
Again, love that these conversations happen, but I think that maybe it’s time to shift gears.