Thursday, 5 March 2015

Stop Complaining. Black Lives Matter.

"...and another on the website of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative by Anas White, called 'A Black Muslim Response To #MuslimLivesMatter'.
 - "Solidarity Is Not Co-optation"

Which should have been the final answer. When black activist leaders make a request of those of us who bear more privilege than they - and we do, because light skin earns us more than any hijab or beard could ever take away - we should shut the fuck up, sit down, and listen. We had other hashtags which we could use, and which we did use. We had this discussion in so many other places, on Facebook (here, here, and here, for example) as well as in other articles, such as Khaled Beydoun and Margeri Hill's "The Colour of Muslim Mourning" for Al Jazeera on 15 February 2015.

We already had the discussion. We have already hashed out the issues. As far as I can see, a consensus was reached. I am disappointed to see so much verbiage dedicated to complaining that legitimate arguments were made against appropriating a slogan that quite frankly belongs to another movement. I am further disappointed to see the Socialist Worker carrying the piece.

So that is as far as I will read into that article.

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