hey this year on 9/11, instead of making jokes about a national tragedy maybe people on mastodon could talk about how there was a sharp uptick in violence against Muslims and anyone who "looked" like they could be Muslim and they still feel the effects of it today
descriptions of Islamophobia
Islamophobia is very real and is something no Muslims can't escape. It's something they are expected to weather with "grace" lest they be immediately labeled terrorists. In /2018/ my cousin couldn't even go to an aerobics class without being told to "go home" (she's a white American who converted, tf she gonna go???) and that her "people" (re: Muslims) were killing Americans.
People do this to her when she's with her /children/ even. In FRONT of them.
descriptions of Islamophobia, family
her own oldest child has already learned what "grace" he must have when people spew bigotry to him and his mother. He had leukemia as a toddler and is half white, half Arab. Between the health battles and the experienced racism, he basically didn't even get to have a true childhood and it pisses me off.
@Tex i used to make such jokes, till one of my boyfriends told me the fuck off for it (out of the four boys i've dated, three were muslim) and i honestly i'm scared for them every time today comes around.
@Tex it took years for the Devon neighborhood in Chicago to recover. A lot of people fled to Canada, or back to Pakistan. Nobody talked about it outside of the immediate community. You'd just see another shop boarded up one morning and attendance at the mosque would drop again. The impact on low income neighborhoods was dramatic, as the racists ran out the shopkeepers and the bodegas all closed.
@FASA_Andrew_1879 Ugh that's terrible. It had such a horrible impact on Muslim communities big and small, that many have never fully recovered from.
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