People often ask me why I identify so strongly with being a woman of COLOR, as opposed to simply being a woman. How am I a practicing, believing Muslim if I'm a feminist? How am I a proud American if I am an activist? How and why do I identify with communities of color when so many other Indians don't?
It's annoying, and I don't always have the time to break down my whole life for them. Also, I don't have all the scholarly expertise I could that would help me answer the questions in a clear way that makes it easy for people who don't have intersectional (looking at the intersecting oppressions of race, class, gender simultaneously and with equal importance) analysis when looking at the world.
OK. I read a fantastic article today from the NY Times that everyone should read. It's called "Between Black and Immigrant Muslims, an Uneasy Alliance." I'm linking it here, but in 14 days when it isn't free anymore, I'll post the whole thing here on the blog. Here's the link-
Definitely check it out. It brings up some important points about the class, cultural and perspective differences between the two biggest ethnic groups within American Muslims.
(Here's the article, reposted from the New York Times website at the link provided above. I don't own the article and am sharing it for general use.)