Here’s a comment that was sent to my Ask FM about the #MuslimLivesMatter hashtag: “You honestly have the audacity to complain over the #MuslimLivesMatter hashtag? Instead of showing solidarity you make it all about yourself as usual. You’re despicable. If you’re the new face of feminism then it’s a face I spit in.”
My response: “Showing ‘solidarity’ where ‘solidarity’ means non-Black people appropriate Black labor (common), erase the fact that Black Muslims exist (common), and continue in anti-Black and abusive spiels, like this one of yours, while simultaneously thinking I as a Black woman owe labor (also common). Right?
Yeah, I know all about your type of ‘solidarity.’ Not interested. You demand my labor yet want to spit in my face? Why does that sound familiar? Like, CENTURIES of FAMILIAR.
And I didn’t really critique that tag. I primarily retweeted Muslims who critiqued that tag because see those particular people, unlike you, understand what solidarity actually is. And they even offered ideas of a different tag as to not obscure the experiences Black people have with anti-Blackness/obscure queer Black women’s labor (that’s who created #BlackLivesMatter) nor obscure Black Muslims dealing with the ramifications of *both* racism and Islamaphobia.
The only person who deserves spit in the face are anti-Black misogynoiristic people who are parasitic and think my Black womanhood only exists as an object of servitude. So that would be you.
Next time, instead of being an anti-Black misogynoiristic coward slithering into my Anon to write bile at me over something I really didn’t even get into in my timeline, go actually support Muslim people. That would include the Black ones that you so desperately want erased. And think about why your supposed ‘activism’ can only exist via exploitation and violent erasure of Black people. Why is that?”
Solidarity, right? Great.