anonymous asked:

how much race is a construct just shows in the way in which it is applied, especially in the US. Americans with East-Asian heritage are homogenized as one monolothic racial group, even though Korea, Japan and China are culturally, ethnically and linguistically different. It is based on appearance only, and that is just one the few examples where its flaws show.

Exactly. Same with black people: erasing the diversity within the African diaspora and culture

A point I want to make, long overdue

What troubles me about the terror attack in Orlando isn’t just the fact that the shooter Omar Mateen had a MySpace profile in 2016. I’m really amazed about many of the arguments being made regarding the attack on Pulse. My dashboards were flooded today with statements that insisted eventhough the shooter pledged alliance to Daesh, the terror attack had nothing at all to do with Islam. Others insisted that drawing a connection between the attack on Pulse and Islam equals the denial of queer Muslims’ existance. This is utter bullshit. Do you know who denies the existance of queer Muslims [or queer believers of any faith, for that matter]? Religious zealots do. And the terror attack on Pulse was an act of Islamic zealotry just as much as any and all of the 200 anti-LGBTQI bills introduced by the US Christian Right in the last few months were acts of zealotry. Does either assessment imply guilt by association? Only if you’re prejudiced yourself, I’d argue. I understand that Muslims face massive waves of discrimination and hate speech all across Western countries, but I argue that for a progressive left there are different actions to draw from this insight. People facing racism and discrimination need support, that goes unchallenged. But why is that neccesarily true for [their] religion? Islam is as much inherently homophobic as any other religion and struggles with hegemonial and toxic masculinity just as much. So whenever violence is religiously motivated or justified, this needs to be questioned and challenged. In general. Everywhere. Without exception. If this isn’t a consensus amongst an emancipatory left, we’re failing and betraying the victims and survivors of these violent acts.

Over the last years, I’ve met my fair share of Christian fundamentalists and witnessed the damage they do. I also spoke with queers from different majority Muslim countries (Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, Indonesia, Egypt) and their collected stories were just as bleak. In many cases even more so, as they fled their families and countries in fear for their lives. I’ve heard about honour killings, corrective rapes, death penalties, forced marriages, families setting their own child on fire. I’ve seen a Pakistani transwoman beaten to a pulp in a German refugee camp by other Pakistanis because they considered being trans was equivalent with heresy. Reports on these incidents, however, are not circulated by the left but by reactionary anti-Islam xenophobes. 

Islam - in the form of many of today’s most prominent interpretations and it’s politicized variety of Islamism - can and should be criticized for its relation to queers, women, minorities, just as any religion. To refuse to have these debates within the left seems pointless to me and leaves the discourse to xenophobes and racists, who use the experiences of (Muslim) queers as a prop in their reactionary arguments at best, covering their own phobias and misogyny by projecting them upon The Other.

To show solidarity with queer Muslims means to listen to their various stories and acknowledge that Islam is not one monolothic block.That the experiences of Muslim queers living in Europe or North America might be very, very different from those living in majority Muslim societies. If we continue to be unable to do so out of fear of Islamophobia, we are indeed erasing those identities we claim to support.