There is an important conversation going on regarding the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter. The central questions are:
- Is this a misappropriation of #BlackLivesMatter, because the Black experience of violence in the U.S. is very particular?
- Or is this a recognition that Muslims are also treated with violence born of white supremacy?
- Is the very controversy of #MuslimLivesMatter part of the “divide and rule” aspect of white supremacy, keeping people of color groups pitted against themselves rather than fighting white supremacy collaboratively?
- Where do Black muslims fit in?
- If American Muslims had been more centrally involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement, would the appropriation of #MuslimLivesMatter be different.
I certainly don’t have answers to these, but you can read more about it at these links. I’d also love to hear what others think in the comments.
MuslimGirl.net – Some of the comments are also worth reading.
If you are on social media and want to talk about the Chapel Hill murders, consider using #OurThreeWinners, the hashtag chosen by the family of the victims.