“He has a curfew,” she said. “Sometimes he’s late. Sometimes he’s early depending on the night. But whatever time he gets there, I’ll be real happy to see him as soon as the bell rings. And for the past couple of days, the bell hasn’t rung."
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I am a Muslim Arab. I want to acknowledge my privilege as a light skinned Muslim in the Muslim community. Hell, even with the hijab on, I still have light skinned privilege in an American society.
I want to acknowledge my privilege in the Muslim community as an Arab.
I want to also acknowledge the racism that takes place towards non Arabs or darker skinned Muslims in the Muslim community.
This has been a PSA.
American Apparel Ad Uses ‘California Farmer’ As Accessory in Ad
American Apparel is no stranger to starting controversies with their hyper-sexual ads that feature young women in provocative poses. But the clothing manufacturer seems to have kicked it up a notch to get some attention by including a Latino “California farmer” who’s engaging in “public relations” with a young white women.
The Summer 2011 ad seems to have gone under radar until Comedian Fahim Anwar tweeted a screen capture of the ad on Saturday.
“Robin a USC student, studying Public Relations, with Raul a California farmer in Denim and Chambray,” reads the caption under the image of a Latino man and a young white women holding on to his arm.
“American Apparel has officially lost their minds,” Anwar wrote in his tweet.
There is something that feels off in the ad that stars Raul and Robin. Both subjects look uncomfortable with each other and as a result both subjects look like props.
American Apparel has been widely recognized as an ally in the immigration reform movement even after working conditions in their Los Angeles factory have come under question. The company’s signature white T-shirts with the phase “legalize L.A.” are a staple at immigration protest in Los Angeles and until 2009 the company hired undocumented workers that according to the company were paid a living wage. However, in September 2009, after a long fight with ICE and threats of a raid, the company fired 1,800 undocumented workers.
Still something feels off with the ad. Maybe it would have been better if they had taken both subjects in to the studio and shot them behind a plain backdrop like American Apparel does with most ads and included a caption about agricultural workers and how they’re paid so little that chances are they can’t even afford a plain $18 American Apparel t-shirt.
Today in class, we were discussing if women have finally reached the equality they’ve been seeking for decades (the answer is obviously no). But one girl was like, “No, I’d say it has gotten worse especially with the music and pop culture. I mean there’s a song called ‘Ass’. So we haven’t really accomplished much.”
In which my white professor replies, “Yes, its unfortunate. You find this in hip hop, and its sad and unfortunate because its men of color subjugating women of color.”
I cannot believe that my professor, who has spent decades upon decades teaching history, has an opinion riddled with racism and stereotypes.
“However, the more maids I spoke to - oftentimes surreptitiously - the more I heard pleas for help and a desire to return home. The deeper I dug, the more akin to chattel or classical slavery the maid industry in Lebanon resembled.
What I found was an ugly underbelly of rape, subjugation, violence and comprehensive dehumanisation - underlined by a pervasive and entrenched racism toward brown and black people - which looked, smelled and felt like slavery.”
An Arab asked me once why I never talk about Palestine.
I asked him why he never talked about Africa.
I asked him why he did not recognize that the transatlantic slave trade only begun due to the already existent Arab slave trade in which thousands of Eastern and Western Africans were enslaved.
I asked him why did pale skin Arabs from the North burn down the libraries of Timbuktu and wage war with their “Muslim brothers” in Sudan.
I asked him why is it he gets so angry every time the fact is mentioned that every historical text mentioned The Prophet Muhammad and his family being black people, to the extent that his father and uncles were referred to as the ‘black stars’.
I ask him why his ‘scholars’ say a person should be executed for saying the aforementioned fact of The Prophet’s blackness.
I ask him why is it after Islam existed, cultivated, and grew in America at the hands of wise black men did Arabs believe they had a right to come over and tell American Muslims how ‘we got it wrong’, and go on to correct us by putting our men in dresses and teachings us an Islam that developed out of the context of Arab culture.
I told him, it is not that I do not care about Palestine or anywhere else for that matter, it is just that I have enough problems on my hands as you can see, so let me handle my business “akhi”.
This needed to be said a long time ago.