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These photos of Ilhan Omar’s swearing-in ceremony shows exactly why representation matters

  • On Tuesday, Ilhan Omar made history in the United States in more ways than one when she was sworn into the Minnesota House of Representatives.
  • She became the first female Muslim and Somali-American legislator.
  • Omar, who serves House District 60B in Minnesota, held the Quran during her swearing-in ceremony, becoming the second person to do so after Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.
  • One photo, in particular, shows just how powerful this moment was and exactly why representation matters in the political system today. 
  • In this photo, Omar is seen standing tall — donning colorful accessories and her bright orange hijab — among a sea of white faces. 
  • This is a historic sight that doesn’t come too frequently for young women of color and Muslim Americans, especially in politics. Read more

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First female Muslim MP Anne Aly delivers powerful feminism speech
Australia's first female Muslim MP Anne Aly has delivered a powerful speech on feminism, saying men often get credit for women's work and calling for women to step up into positions of power.

“Ms Aly delivered the 2016 Emily’s List Oration in Canberra on Wednesday night, describing how in the past men had taken credit for her ideas.  

She recounted a scenario where she was the first woman appointed to an all-male board, and had suggested an idea during a meeting.

Ms Aly described how the first man agreed with her idea and the second man agreed with the first, then congratulated him on his idea before this continued around the table.  

‘It was then I discovered the incredible power that we women have - we are invisible,’ Ms Aly said.

'Put us in a room of alpha males and we don an imaginary cloak of invisibility. 

'Now believe me, if I had the invisibility suit power there are so many more interesting things I would love to do with it.’    

Read the full speech and watch the video here <- Read it! It’s a great speech covering multiple topics including Western feminism.

You know what I love the most about @chescaleigh‘s latest video for MTV’s Decoded?

The fact that when the cringe-worthy “let’s bombard the Straw White Man with dumb questions about White People to try and teach him a poorly-thought-out lesson about racism,” she decided to have the female Muslim character ask him, “Do you know Adam Sandler? Could you introduce me?”

You know. Adam Sandler. One of the most famous Jews out there that always, always brings up his Jewishness.

The irony at having a character dismiss the outspoken Jew Adam Sandler simply as “another white man” to badly twist the racist idea of “every [insert-race/ethnicity] person knows everyone else of the same race/ethnicity” when one of the biggest forms of antisemitism is to say that Jewishness is “just a religion,” where antisemites clamour over the idea that Jews are just “white people” isn’t lost on me. 

This is especially fun, considering on Franchesca’s show, she was happy to support the idea that the Holocaust wasn’t “white on white genocide”:

She herself uttered: “[Jews and Romani people] predate the idea of whiteness itself.”

But… a month later, she can totally erase a Jewish man’s heritage for a joke, regurgitating the idea that Jews are just “white people,” all to spread more of her usual “white people are all awful” message? Especially when she believes that all kinds of jokes involving minorities are massively bigoted?

The lesson here is that it’s fine to pretend to support Jews and claim to be an ally to Jews when it suits your political agenda (i.e. bashing right-leaners and white people), but if you can throw Jews under the bus using the same antisemitism that non-white supremacists use to hate and dismiss us to support your racism against white people, that’s perfectly okay.

Thanks for that.

In 1964 Malcolm X said of well-meaning white protestors:

“By visibly hovering near us, they are ‘proving’ that they are ‘with us.’ But the hard truth is this isn’t helping to solve America’s racist problem. The Negroes aren’t the racists. Where the really sincere white people have got to do their ‘proving’ of themselves is not among the black victims, but out on the battle lines of where America’s racism really is — and that’s in their home communities; America’s racism is among their own fellow whites. That’s where sincere whites who really mean to accomplish something have got to work.”

Insert LGBTQ / female / person of color / Muslim into this passage and the sentiment stands - solidarity is NECESSARY, but it’s not ENOUGH. I find direction in this quote – the only way to change social attitudes is to engage those I disagree with.

I can’t tell you why it happened to me, but I know that I’m Muslim. I have an Arabic name. And even though I represent Team USA and I have that Olympic hardware, it doesn’t change how you look and how people perceive you.
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Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim American to medal for the U.S. in the Olympics, was recently detained at U.S. Customs for two hours without explanation.

It’s not a normal election result when your friends wake up afraid.

It’s not a normal election result when the people you love who are LGBTQ, female, black, Mexican or Muslim don’t know what will happen to them or their rights.

People are worried and they need to feel love. Send it around.

Romania nominates first female, first Muslim prime minister, Sevil Shhaideh

  • The biggest political party in Romania, the Social Democrats, has nominated 52-year-old Sevil Shhaideh for the role of prime minister.
  • If she is approved, she will be the country’s first female and first Muslim to serve in that capacity.
  • Shhaideh, an ethnic Tatar, must be approved by President Klaus Iohannis and Parliament.
  • The Social Democrats turned to Shhaideh after winning 45% of the vote in the Dec. 11 elections. 
  • Shhaideh served as “minister of regional development for six months in the last Social Democratic government.” Read more

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