When stepping back from the Muslim community, to get more of a bird’s eye view of our situation, I am a little perplexed. We are, on one hand, frantically racking up donations and pulling the alarms on Syria’s situation - as we should be - yet, when attention is turned towards Sudan, Somalia, our (coincedentally? sure.) darker brothers and sister, we are satisfied with a forlorn sigh to make ourselves feel better about feeling bad.
This behavior also translates over to interaction in our mosques; where unless a masjid is run or used by a predominately darker-skinned community, many Black-identifying folk are treated as second-class or less than. What more, when our Muslim communities experience an attack from “the outside” we become one very powerful force, The Ummah. However, when our Black Muslims are hurting and voicing their valid concerns, many find that their demands for recognition fall on deaf ears, “The Ummah” being a fragmented group of cultural cliques with superiority complexes.
I am, again and again, dumbfounded at the blatant, and often times internalized, racism that is rampant in our Muslim communities.