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[Pics] Black Muslim Women Push Back Against Erasure With #BombBlackHijabis

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On March 11 Black Muslim women used the hashtags #BombBlackHijabis and #BombBlackMuslimah to flood social media with images of themselves. The movement was an attempt to claim space and visibility in a religious and cultural community that often overlooks them. According to writer Safura Salam at Muslimgirl.net, the need a social movement like this is long overdue:

In the conversation about Blackness in Islam and about Women in Islam, the intersection of Black Muslim Women’s issues are often ignored. While South Asian and Arab women have many struggles in common, the struggle of the Black Muslim woman is unique. Often, speaking about us makes others uncomfortable. They aren’t sure how to relate. They want to sweep us away under the rug of an Islam that is “color blind”.

The intersectionality of race, gender and class that #BombBlackHijabis occupy, present too many challenges to their world view. They don’t yet have the language to articulate the fact that they have internalized the European colonial mentality about color, race, and class. They aren’t ready to admit that they see Black Muslim women as a necessary evil, but not a thing that could be beautiful, honorable, desirable, or strong. After all, you can’t stop people from practicing Islam, can you?”

Check out some of the images that were posted;

https://twitter.com/hva_y/status/708377257803251712

https://twitter.com/Califormora/status/708375818037137408

https://twitter.com/_bellisimo/status/708322143499587584

https://twitter.com/seemaboo/status/708292992000462850

https://twitter.com/afrohijab/status/708415081474818049

https://twitter.com/ubax__/status/708270192825122816

https://twitter.com/Xabiiba_/status/708433155775188993

https://twitter.com/seemaboo/status/708457488409034752

https://www.instagram.com/p/BC34OXlIQ42/?taken-by=d.noelle1089

https://www.instagram.com/p/BC3aCywmEw-/?tagged=bombblackhijabis

https://www.instagram.com/p/BC1mq49r0‑W/?tagged=bombblackhijabis

https://www.instagram.com/p/BC2SlIRNf3h/?tagged=bombblackhijabis

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Jay
Jay
4 years ago

Can you not read? Her tumblr post dismisses your entire ignorant uninformed Islamophobic comment. Your brand of modern feminism sucks anyway

Jay
Jay
4 years ago

Can you not read? Her tumblr post dismisses your entire ignorant uninformed Islamophobic comment. Your brand of modern feminism has its own numerous problems anyway

Jay
Jay
4 years ago

Can you not read? Her tumblr post dismisses your entire ignorant uninformed comment. Your brand of modern feminism has its own numerous problems anyway

Ocean
Ocean
4 years ago

Beautiful!

Rose
Rose
4 years ago

Can feminism and any fundamentally sexist religion be spoken about in the same sentence?

Rose
Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Yoon

So?

LBell
LBell
4 years ago

LOVE!

TWA4now
TWA4now
4 years ago

One word: slay!!!

maralondon
maralondon
4 years ago

They don’t yet have the language to articulate the fact that they have internalized the European colonial mentality about color, race, and class.’ Let’s not forget that Arabs started the slave trade before Europeans so the colonial mentality doesn’t come from Europe, they created that themselves. Anyway, all you sisters are looking divine. Much respect to you.

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