I remind my daughter that there is a power in who & what she stands for. That the fear of others doesn’t change the beauty or vibrance of anything. In fact, what the so-called “mainstream” culture is not apart of directly is often feared.
Sociologically speaking it seems that part of European history has been to overpower what is “different” because if it “can’t be controlled, it’s dangerous.”
This isn’t on an individual (psychological level) At least not for all people among that group, HOWEVER, historically speaking, as a society, THAT has been the guiding principal as it served those actions to wrest control of natural resources and other lands that were not their own.
This comment is not meant to “demonize” people of Euro descent. It’s to point out this huge elephant in the historical room of world history for the past 500 years.
It is that thinking and practice which has led to the status of today’s experiences. From a brown of black perspective, when we view someone of our own group, we see “individual” We see their qualities and actions as who they personally are.
When some of the people in the white population see brown or black, they see “group tendencies” and “the unknown” because they feel what they are not a part of is frightening, as opposed to “seeking information before making rapid judgments” as Ahmed’s teacher did.
Some people hesitate to point out what I have for fear of offending “white” or “european” friends or coworkers. I get that. But if we point out that the Nazis were a group of murderous madmen in Germany, and Germans can bear with the discussion, WHY CAN’T WHITE AMERICA?
Until we approach the reality of this, how can we break down the barrier that blinds some of white America to the COMMON SHARED HUMANITY of what is deemed “brown” and “black” and “white”?
All the feels after reading this article on nerds uniting to support Sudanese-American boy genius Ahmed Mohamed & the outpouring of online support under the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed.
Brings home yet again the importance of solidarity with all minorities targeted by the police/racism. Stop criminalizing our black and brown kids, America.
RT @POTUS: Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.
RT @HillaryClinton: Assumptions and fear don’t keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building.
Articles of note:
Dean Obeidallah: Ahmed Mohamed Is the Muslim Hero America’s Been Waiting For