Persisting in the face of structural racism and Islamophobia

America’s history is riddled with structural racism that has persisted until the present day. Although segregation is no longer legally enforced, it is embedded in the country’s fabric in ways that adversely affect black Americans in all aspects of life. Black Muslims in America live at the intersection of racism and islamophobia, and often experience … Continue reading Persisting in the face of structural racism and Islamophobia

Abu Kwanza: The downplay of anti-blackness within the Muslim community

Unconscious bias, a subject in psychological studies where people associate negative things with blackness and positive things with whiteness, is a concept that has been well documented. The nature of this perception is demonstrated by a controversial advertisement developed for Benetton. The ad entailed a black man and a white man handcuffed together. The fashion … Continue reading Abu Kwanza: The downplay of anti-blackness within the Muslim community

Shukri Mohamed: On Black Muslim intersectionality and Mental Health

Statistics demonstrate that one in four adults experiences at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any given year and mental health problems represent the largest single cause of disability in the UK.  If we look at BME (Black Minority Ethnic) groups, however, the state of affairs is even worse. In fact, people in marginalised … Continue reading Shukri Mohamed: On Black Muslim intersectionality and Mental Health