Tag: BlackLivesMatter


RIS2016, BLM, and White Supremacy Blog

I have a few thoughts on a recent Reviving the Islamic Spirit 2016 (RIS2016) controversy that might be clarifying, or at least add to the intelligent discourse on the subject. First, let me start off by self-declaring as an African-Canadian Muslim, slightly removed from the direct reality of life as a black person in America, although inexorably drawn in due to the pull the United...

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Hello from the Outside: Alien Citizen Liner Notes Blog / Featured

It’s September 2014 and I’m in an unlabeled room at O’Hare. I’m not allowed to use my cellphone, and have no signal anyway. My luggage is at my feet, my passport is in a terse custom agent’s hand. He unlocks and enters a white door, in a hallway of locked white doors. I promised my father I’d never lose sight of my passport. I’ll probably...

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A Letter of Love to Black Students at Yale University, University of Missouri and Across South Africa Blog

We watch in admiration of your strength and courage. We watch in awe of your dedication and resilience. We watch in solidarity and recognition of the power of black protest and organizing in creating more just, equitable, decolonized futures. As Somalis and as black students and academics ourselves, we know what it is like to experience the everyday aggressions, exclusions and humiliations of being at...

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