the blogs & reblogs of an islamist-feminist

twitter: @ralhayek
Student of Islam ,the Near East, & Women's Studies. lover of (classic) English & Arabic Literature. Art. Reader. Writer. Avid Tea Drinker, Notebook & Pen collector.

We are taught that we must be better, smarter, and more polite because Black bodies are seen as worse, ignorant, and dangerous. We must remain on high alert as we navigate our own neighborhoods and are aware of tensions that arise when we walk through others. We are told to respect the police not because they have earned it by being our protectors, but because lack of respect can result in brutality and death. When we do succeed, we are considered exceptional, and when we fail, we are an expected statistic.

We have yet to reach the mundane. Our stories must be triumph or tragic because normalcy is not afforded to us. If we existed in the realm of the average, we would not be seen as a threat until we actually acted as such. If we were afforded normalcy, we would not exist in the extreme margins of society. As it stands, we are Oprah Winfrey or Renisha McBride, Barack Obama or Michael Brown. These are the narratives about Black people that resonate and attract attention — so much so that our existence as college students and professionals are still seen as exceptional, not expected.

—    Aisha N. Davis, “On Unforgettable Blackness,” TheFrisky.com (via thefrisky)

(via becauseiamawoman)

كأنكِ بلا قيود 

أمن الغباء أم من الشجاعة-
ان تعيشي كانكِ بلا قيود
وكل الناس ترى قيودكِ  
ويسألون
 وهم لا يعلمون انكِ تحاولين العيش كأنك بلاها 
“كيف تلك القيود؟”
او يجهلون حتى انها قيود
فيسألوا
كيف حياتك (بلا قيود)؟

إن رأو الناس- 
جميعهم  
القيود
او لم يروها
فهل من الغباء ام من الشجاعة
ان تعيشي كانكِ 
بلا قيود
كأنكِ بلا قيود 

أمن الغباء أم من الشجاعة-
ان تعيشي كانكِ بلا قيود
وكل الناس ترى قيودكِ  
ويسألون
 وهم لا يعلمون انكِ تحاولين العيش كأنك بلاها 
“كيف تلك (القيود)؟”
او يجهلون حتى انها قيود
فيسألوا
كيف حياتك (بلا قيود)؟

إن رأو الناس- 
جميعهم  
القيود
او لم يروها
فهل من الغباء ام من الشجاعة
ان تعيشي كانكِ 
بلا قيود

mycolorbook:

To lose one’s self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.

Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

(S.C.Z.)

“I can’t accept that. I can’t accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can’t accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy’s roommate says, “I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don’t speak Chinese!” I can’t accept that in Hercules, which I also saw this weekend, there were no people of color except for Dwayne Johnson himself and his mixed-race wife, whose skin was almost alabaster. I can’t accept that she got maybe two lines and was then murdered. I can’t accept that the “primitive tribe” in Hercules consisted of dark-haired men painted heavily, blackish green, to give their skin (head-to-toe) a darker appearance, so the audience could easily differentiate between good and bad guys by the white vs. dark skin. I can’t accept that during the previews, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a story about Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, where not a single person of color is represented, casts Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton to play Egyptians. I can’t accept that in the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which takes place in London, features a cast of white boys and not a single person of Indian descent, which make up the largest non-white ethnic group in London. I can’t accept that in stories about the end of the world and the apocalypse, that somehow only white people survive. I can’t accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen.s”

buzzfeed:

Important reminder: Everyone on the internet is a real person.

Go read this. It’s really important.

Be kind to one another.

(via niqabisinparis)

mstrkrftz:

Driving towards the shining lights by Dominic Kamp
niqabisinparis:

go read my article ayyy 

(Source: crushis, via niqabisinparis)

The worst illiterate is the political illiterate.
He doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events.

He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions.

The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics.
The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies

—   Bertolt Brecht. (via revolutionaryriots)

(via niqabisinparis)

“One year, I taught this (Sociological theory) class and only used female writers. The journals were written by women, the textbook was written by females. Do you know what kind of responses I got on my student evaluations that year? {…} That I was biased, that I was only looking from one point of view… that I was basically a man eater. That’s the kind of things I’d get from the students… The semester before, I used only male writers. Do you think I got any kind of feedback like that then?”

—   

"Not a single word."

Dr Rebecca Erikson, my professor, in her introduction of epistemology and challenging the main narrative

(via marloscruzin)

(Source: rafrousseau, via thefeministpress)

think-progress:

How the U.S.’s ZERO weeks of paid family leave compares to the rest of the world.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

cubebreaker:

The Rethink Homelessness campaign aims to dispel stereotypes and remind us that the circumstances which lead to living on the streets could happen to each and every one of us.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

patricksemaan:

What if Israel was in your country? - www.whatifisraelwasin.com

(via tardistanbul)