OK, story time.

I am a Dutch WOC. My family have lived in the Netherlands for 3 generations. I speak Dutch fluently without foreign accent. I have been raised Dutch. I wear Western clothing. I am non-religious. I am light-skinned (in fact, I’m half white). I eat typically Dutch food. I have almost exclusively white friends.

And still I get racist shit thrown at me.

So if you’re a white person who thinks that racism would not exist if POC weren’t so damn stereotypical, if Asians didn’t have only Asian friends, if Black people would just stop eating chicken altogether, if Muslim women would just stop wearing the hijab, etc… You’re wrong.

White people will always find a reason to be racist against POC, and I’m the living proof of it.

So if you could just focus on collecting our own trash, rather than play respectability politics with us, we could get rid of this racism thing a lot fucking faster.

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[Pictured: four images displaying a Facebook “fan page” titled “Confused Muslim girl. The photos include three memes posted by the page which feature a Muslimah in a hijab making sarcastic, incredulous face behind captions including: “When your dad trades you for a camel.” “When your mother does not wear her burqa” and “When you cousin crashes a plane into an American building and forgets to invite you”. The fourth photo is a status update by the page saying: “who wants to blow up some shit? ;)”.]

Hey there Tumblr! I heard you hate racism! Cool, me too. I hate racism a lot. So I need your help.

The above photos are screenshots taken from this Facebook page. Content/trigger warning on that page - they’re not restraining themselves from joking about suicide, rape, and abuse.

According to Facebook rules, hate speech and speech that attacks a protected group should not be allowed. This page is a clear violation of that rule - it is a constant stream of Islamophobic vitriol and ignorance, mixed in with a fuck-ton of orientalism. Please report this page for hate speech and spread the word, and don’t let these fuckers get away with this blatantly racist minstrel show.

Thanks.

Horror stories about Muslim misogyny have long been used by western patriarchs to justify imperialism abroad and sexism at home. The Guardian’s Katharine Viner reminds us about Lord Cromer, the British consul general in Egypt from 1883. Cromer believed the Egyptians were morally and culturally inferior in their treatment of women and that they should be “persuaded or forced” to become “civilised” by disposing of the veil.

"And what did this forward-thinking, feminist-sounding veil-burner do when he got home to Britain?" asks Viner. "He founded and presided over the Men’s League for Opposing Women’s Suffrage, which tried, by any means possible, to stop women getting the vote. Colonial patriarchs like Cromer … wanted merely to replace eastern misogyny with western misogyny." More than a century later, the same logic is used to imply that misogyny only matters when it isn’t being done by white men.

To all people who pretend that being critical of cultural appropriation is divisive/segregating: 

You all do realise that we’re critical of this because there already is a division? In favour of white people? Where white people who wear kimonos and war bonnets are seen as spiritual and cultured, but when Japanese and Native American people do this, they’re seen as separatist and unwilling to adapt to western life?

Muslim women who wear the hijab enjoy near-universal contempt in all western countries. Black rappers are told that they are not making ‘real’ music, and are probably all gangsters and rapists anyway and deserve to die. Sikh men who wear turbans are arrested and sometimes killed because they’re seen as terrorists.

So why don’t you all go fight THAT separation first, before you whine about the horrible injustice that is done onto you, when Black people tell you that your dreadlocks kind of suck.

FBI pressured Muslims into committing terrorist acts, then arrested them: report

July 21 2014

The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday.

“Far from protecting Americans, including American Muslims, from the threat of terrorism, the policies documented in this report have diverted law enforcement from pursuing real threats,” said the report by Human Rights Watch.

Aided by Columbia University Law School’s Human Rights Institute, Human Rights Watch examined 27 cases from investigation through trial, interviewing 215 people, including those charged or convicted in terrorism cases, their relatives, defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges.

“In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act,” the report said.

In the cases reviewed, half the convictions resulted from a sting operation, and in 30 percent of those cases the undercover agent played an active role in the plot.

“Americans have been told that their government is keeping them safe by preventing and prosecuting terrorism inside the US,” said Andrea Prasow, the rights group’s deputy Washington director.

“But take a closer look and you realize that many of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.”

US Attorney General Eric Holder has strongly defended the FBI undercover operations as “essential in fighting terrorism.”

“These operations are conducted with extraordinary care and precision, ensuring that law enforcement officials are accountable for the steps they take -– and that suspects are neither entrapped nor denied legal protections,” Holder said July 8 during a visit to Norway.

The HRW report, however, cites the case of four Muslim converts from Newburgh, New York who were accused of planning to blow up synagogues and attack a US military base.

A judge in that case “said the government ‘came up with the crime, provided the means, and removed all relevant obstacles,’ and had, in the process, made a terrorist out of a man ‘whose buffoonery is positively Shakespearean in scope,’” the report said.

The rights group charged that the FBI often targets vulnerable people, with mental problems or low intelligence.

It pointed to the case of Rezwan Ferdaus, who was sentenced to 17 years in prison at age 27 for wanting to attack the Pentagon and Congress with mini-drones loaded with explosives.

An FBI agent told Ferdaus’ father that his son “obviously” had mental health problems, the report said. But that didn’t stop an undercover agent from conceiving the plot in its entirety, it said.

“The US government should stop treating American Muslims as terrorists-in-waiting,” the report concluded.

Mike German, a former FBI agent now with the Brennan Center, said FBI counterterrorism excesses were a source of concern — “concerns that they both violate privacy and civil liberties, and aren’t effective in addressing real threats.”

But JM Berger, a national security expert, said law enforcement faces a dilemma: it can’t just ignore tips or reports about people talking about wanting to commit a terrorist action or seeking support for one.

“The question is how to sort out which cases merit investigation and which do not,” he said.

'People grab our veils, call us terrorists and want us dead': What it's really like to be a Muslim woman in Britain Islamophobic attacks have been on the rise ever since 9/11, but it is mostly women being attacked, a recent report suggests. Ava Vidal shares stories from British Muslim women who face everyday awful abuse

“It is something I have got used to since 9/11. From being called Osama Bin Laden to Paki-terrorist I have heard it all,” Zab Mustefa, a British Muslim journalist, who specialises in women’s rights and culture, tells me.

Since the terrorist attacks on New York City that brought down the twin towers, it seems life has not been the same for Muslims that live in the western world. Suddenly there was a spotlight shone on Islam when most non-Muslims had barely given it a second thought before.

“Either you’re with us. Or you’re with the terrorists,” announced the then president of the USA George W Bush in a sombre tone at a press conference following the attacks.

And many people decided that all Muslims were against ‘us’. Everything was under scrutiny. Their style of dress, their beliefs, their way of life. People that had never even read the Qu’ran believed they had more knowledge than Islamic scholars.

“What about Saudi Arabia? They don’t even let women drive!”

But it’s a false perception.

I am not denying that there are countries where the predominant religion is Islam where women are treated badly. But patriarchy is the problem, not Islam. In Islam, the rights of women were recognised much earlier than they were in the West.

In any case, we in the UK don’t come up smelling of roses when we examine the inequality between the sexes either. A UN human rights inspector recently declared the sexism in the UK to be more ‘pervasive’ and ‘in your face’ than any country she has ever visited and that included some Muslim countries.

What I find totally abhorrent is the fact that since concern for Muslim women is so often cited, how come they are the targets of so much abuse in today’s society?

“Look at the way they treat their women!” is a statement that I often hear. “Forcing them to cover up. Not allowing them to go out alone and controlling everything that they do.

report from the University of Birmingham, ’Maybe we are hated: The experience and impact of anti-Muslim hate on British Muslim women’, says Muslim women are repeated victims of anit-Muslim hate. It cites verified figures from Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks), which show attacks on Muslim women account for 58 per cent of all incidents reported to it. Of those, 80 per cent were visually identifiable (wearing hijab, niqab, or other clothing associated with Islam).

I have witnessed some of it first hand. It ranges from petty microaggressions to full blown physical attacks. I was told of a pregnant Muslim woman who was pushed down and stomped on last week. She was too scared to go to the police.

“Racist rhetoric from the likes of the EDL and Ukip is definitely making things worse,” Zab continues. “I am definitely feeling more hatred towards Muslims as a result. I went to the police but they failed to investigate, let alone take any action. This was the point, that an EDL supporter was threatening to come and ‘teach’ me a lesson simply because I am a Muslim woman. I have been called many things such as hummus eating, camel shagging, Paki Muslim slut. No joke.”

One lady that preferred to remain anonymous told me: “I was in London, and on the Tube and a group of three well dressed white men were sitting opposite me. One was looking at me singing ‘Kill them all. Kill them.’ His friend pointed out that I could hear him. The guy singing said ‘I don’t give a f**k.’

"On the same day a man in a business suit told me to ‘f**k off’. I was with a white male friend at the time. We both stopped in our tracks and the white guy who swore turned around, pointed at me and said, ‘yeah you!’

"I feel unsafe, my husband told me not to go into London, both of us were worried that I may be attacked or have my hijab pulled etc. He was also really angry with me when I didn’t tell the police, as he said they ought to know that Muslim women are being harassed. I was just shocked because it wasn’t the expected type that you see on EDL marches. It was ‘educated’ people.”

Akeela lives in North West London but when she lived in Hull she often felt that she had to remove her hijab for her own safety. A lot of women have had their hijabs pulled off. She said that she has suffered a full range of abuse from the ‘v sign’ to being called a ‘Muslim bastard’. She also receives a steady stream of Islamophobic tweets.

When the national team get a bad result, they start to say there is a little bit too many black people, Muslim people and this kind of stuff.

I don’t like it. There is no point for me to play for this kind of country.

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Cameroon’s World Cup left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto explains why he chose not to play for the French national team

Black and Muslim players are referred to as French when the team win but known only by their ethnicity and religion after a defeat.

'People grab our veils, call us terrorists and want us dead': What it's really like to be a Muslim woman in Britain

Islamophobic attacks have been on the rise ever since 9/11, but it is mostly women being attacked, a recent report suggests. Ava Vidal shares stories from British Muslim women who face everyday awful abuse

May 6 2014

“It is something I have got used to since 9/11. From being called Osama Bin Laden to Paki-terrorist I have heard it all,” Zab Mustefa, a British Muslim journalist, who specialises in women’s rights and culture, tells me.

Since the terrorist attacks on New York City that brought down the twin towers, it seems life has not been the same for Muslims that live in the western world. Suddenly there was a spotlight shone on Islam when most non-Muslims had barely given it a second thought before.

“Either you’re with us. Or you’re with the terrorists,” announced the then president of the USA George W Bush in a sombre tone at a press conference following the attacks.

And many people decided that all Muslims were against ‘us’. Everything was under scrutiny. Their style of dress, their beliefs, their way of life. People that had never even read the Qu’ran believed they had more knowledge than Islamic scholars.

“Look at the way they treat their women!” is a statement that I often hear. “Forcing them to cover up. Not allowing them to go out alone and controlling everything that they do.”

“What about Saudi Arabia? They don’t even let women drive!”

But it’s a false perception.

I am not denying that there are countries where the predominant religion is Islam where women are treated badly. But patriarchy is the problem, not Islam. In Islam, the rights of women were recognised much earlier than they were in the West.

In any case, we in the UK don’t come up smelling of roses when we examine the inequality between the sexes either. A UN human rights inspector recently declared the sexism in the UK to be more ‘pervasive’ and ‘in your face’ than any country she has ever visited and that included some Muslim countries.

What I find totally abhorrent is the fact that since concern for Muslim women is so often cited, how come they are the targets of so much abuse in today’s society?

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In Germany, migrants from ‘Muslim countries’ applying for nationality are required to pass a discriminatory ‘Muslim Test’ which asks questions such as: What would you do if your son was gay? In the Netherlands, applicants are asked to react to a video showing two men kissing…it is not incidental that the attention drawn to non-Western and Muslim gender and sexual regimes comes at the same time as the ‘War on Terror’, the increase in restrictive migration policies and the general upsurge in Islamophobia…‘gay rights’ and gender equality, even though they were achieved very recently and not at all exhaustively, have become symbols of the civilization and modernity of Western countries. While the importance of these (even if limited) rights and equality is not disputed, the authors warn against a white Western single-issue emancipatory politics that claims universality and patronizes non-white non-Western Muslim women and queers, while serving neo-imperialistic, racist discourses. It seems rather obvious to draw a parallel with how Western feminist abolitionists feed into security laws that criminalize migrant sex workers and effectively lead to deportation and further marginalisation in the name of combating gender violence. The same societies that demonize and discriminate against Muslims are increasingly criminalizing sex workers, using ideas about both homophobia and gender violence as their tools to deport and detain migrants, sex workers and people of colour.
I hate the term "Judeo-Christian."

If you mean Abrahamic, then say Abrahamic. If you mean Christian, say Christian.

The term pretty much just exists to so that Christians can exclude Muslims while pretending that they care about Jews while also pretending that Judaism is just a quirky version of Christianity. I don’t think I’ve ever heard another Jew use the term “Judeo-Christian” in my entire life.

Muslim women’s fashions have been interpreted and overanalyzed by the Western world as some sort of profound assertion of political identity or religious stance. Yes, there is an element of that in there, but the bigger truth is that Muslim women wear what they do, including what’s on their heads, because of how it makes them look and feel, just like all women around the world, and it takes on the cultural overtones of the milieu in which they live. There’s no need to survey this or pathologize it: there’s certainly no point in turning it into a value judgment. If people truly care about the autonomy and agency of Muslim women, as this survey seems to imply, they should just leave the wardrobe choices to Muslim women themselves, and find a better medium through which to express their concern
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In an episode of Bones where a victim is revealed to have died at the Pentagon on 9/11, a lab intern suggests to Arastoo Vaziri that he should take care some of the work load (assuming he might feel partly responsible or guilty) because he shares the same religion as “those men” who attacked that day, here’s Arastoo’s reply. 

While law-abiding Muslims are forced to hide in their homes, and animal-rights activists are labeled as terrorists for undercover filming of abusive treatment at factory farms, right-wing hate groups are free to organize, parade, arm themselves to the hilt and murder with chilling regularity. It’s time for our society to confront this very real threat.
—  Amy Goodman, “The Grand American Tradition of Violent White Supremacy” | CommonDreams.org

The incident is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force.

A fifteen year old Muslim girl was spat on and called a “terrorist” by a middle-aged white man while riding an MTA bus in Queens, according to police. The incident is now being investigated as a hate crime.

Authorities say the unidentified teen was riding the Q88 at Kissena Boulevard in Kew Gardens Hills at around 9 a.m. on Monday when a man standing near her claimed she was a terrorist, spat on her and raised his fist at her. “He kept cursing, terrorist and stuff,” the girl, who was wearing a traditional headscarf at the time, told ABC News. “He kept cursing and ‘oh, you Muslim piece of —— you’re a terrorist.’” He also allegedly threatened her, saying, “Do you think I’m afraid to hit you? I will kill you,” according to reports.

The victim told reporters no bystanders offered to help her. “They were laughing. What if that were your daughter? Wouldn’t you stand up for her?” she asked ABC. The alleged attacker reportedly got off the bus at Queens College.

The Post reports that the man became aggravated when the teen accidentally bumped into him on the bus. Police say they expect to charge the suspect with aggravated assault, though no arrests have been made. The incident is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force.b

Islamophobia is on the Rise

Islamophobia is on the rise all around the Globe , from   David Cameron asking British Muslims to be more British  , to the fact that a UK report showed a decline in Hate crimes in general but Anti-Muslim hate crimes are rising      .In China  Ramadan was banned  , In Burma Muslims are still facing persecution , discrimination and even genocide .In CAR ( Central African Republic ) Muslim communities were targeted for atrocious reprisal attacks  and even killed in mass numbers    .In Sri Lanka , the government is turning a blind eye to the attacks from Buddhist Mobs on the Muslim Minority . Add to all of this Judges at the European court of human rights (ECHR) have upheld France’s burqa ban , so even The ECHR is defending discrimination and oppression and why is the Media not mass reporting those crimes against Muslims all around the world .

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