Unlike Malala Yousafzai, Nabila Rehman did not receive a welcoming greeting in Washington DC. Both are Pakistani girls. This past week Nabila, her schoolteacher father, and her 12-year-old brother travelled to Washington DC to tell their story and to seek answers about the events of that day. However, despite overcoming incredible obstacles in order to travel from their remote village to the United States, Nabila and her family were roundly ignored. At the Congressional hearing where they gave testimony, only five out of 430 representatives showed up. In the words of Nabila’s father to those few who did attend: “My daughter does not have the face of a terrorist and neither did my mother. It just doesn’t make sense to me, why this happened… as a teacher, I wanted to educate Americans and let them know my children have been injured.” Western fawning over Malala has become less about her efforts to improve conditions for girls in Pakistan, or certainly about the struggles of millions of girls in Pakistan, and more about our own desire to make ourselves feel warm and fuzzy with a celebrity and an easy message. It’s a way of letting ourselves off the hook, convincing ourselves that it’s simple matter of good guys vs bad guys, that we’re on the right side and that everything is okay.
So… As long as is not being us, “us” as in the US is the land of liberty and their president the leader of the free world, the self-proclaimed representative of all of us that live if freedom, doing the wrong-doing then the tragedy, the “moral obscenity” as some put it, is valid and the tag of villain is cast on whoever the perpetrator is. The victims turned celebrities, although him/her may not perceive themselves as so, is relevant and their message savored like the most exquisite sedative served to keep us in confort inside our confortable houses/flats/rooms/cubbyholes, to still the warmth under our blankets lest the frosty bite of guilt make us think about the world we live in.
Why do you think POC is so widely used, given how close "Person of Colour" is to the derogatory term "Coloured"? I always found that odd.
'Colored' alone is derogatory, people or person of color centers the discussion back to poc. Whereas 'non white/ white' uses language to center the discussion around white people. So to who is it really derogatory if poc are accepting of the fact that they're of color and many white people get offended at the idea of poc identifying proudly what they are within a system that does everything to crush that spirit?
HORROR / GLAMOUR: Bear culture offers a false sense of belonging for those who don’t fit...
Bear culture offers a false sense of belonging for those who don’t fit into the mainstream idea of what an attractive gay man looks like. But in reality, there is just as much criticism and shallowness, just set to different standards. Not big enough, not hairy enough, not masculine enough. It’s…
- Ancient Egypt was not a mixed society.
- Ancient Egypt was PITCHED BLACK until the 7th century AD, when Indo Aryans called Arabs invaded from Central Asia.
- For 99 percent of Egyptian history, Egypt was as BLACK as Nigeria, as BLACK as Congo, and as BLACK as Senegal.
- King Tut was a dark skinned black man,
- Queen Tiye was a beautiful and EXTREMELY dark skinned woman.
- Hatshepsut was also very very very dark skinned.
- Even during the Ptolemaic period of Kemet, the Egyptians were primarily African.
- The fact that the most advanced civilization of human history was composed primarily of Black People is the most annoying and frustrating thing to white supremacist historians today.