Half ‘Asian’/ Half ‘Arab’: Reckoning with my Arab-Muslimness

Photo by: Jenny Jay

السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ‎‎

الله يرحمها

Faris, Hasan and I at Pearson International Airport / 2018

اقرأ

“We are Palestinian. We don’t have a home but we have heart,” Baba said on our last visit to Gaza.

Do good things and throw it in the sea.

I am, after all, the Executive Director of the London School of Racialized Leaders not the London School of Diversity Hires.

Where is the urgency and attention to advocate on behalf of a Black Muslim Woman being brutalized by agents of the state, have her hijab ripped off, denied food and her insulin, and wrongfully charged for trying the breathe.

The self-declared human rights advocate was unsurprisingly silent about Rowa’s violation of human rights but was a spokesperson for the subsequent islamophobic events.

How many of us, Arab Muslims, were posting about George Floyd but quiet about this exact instance with the exception that she actually lived and was punished for exercising the necessary means to do so.

How many of us, Arab Muslims, circulated #GeorgeFloyd because it was the social expectation to do so?

Arab Muslims: Are we advocating for human dignity? Or, is our advocacy driven by our exclusion from accessing the white privilege VIP package?

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Born in Milwaukee, raised in Canada, I am Kak Long, an eldest immigrant daughter of Malay-Palestinian descent. Cultural Critic & Producer @sarah.barzak on IG

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Sarah Barzak

Sarah Barzak

Born in Milwaukee, raised in Canada, I am Kak Long, an eldest immigrant daughter of Malay-Palestinian descent. Cultural Critic & Producer @sarah.barzak on IG

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