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The Brown Hijabi’s Resource Guide for Understanding White Supremacy & Disinvesting From Anti-Blackness for South Asians and Non-Black POC

by in Lifestyle on 11th October, 2020

As the term “People of Colour” has become more embedded in everyday vocabulary over the years, moments like now show us that there must be a distinction and accountability by People of Colour in recognising their own faults and ways in which People of Colour hold up oppressive structures and ideologies including racial hierarchies, racism, anti-blackness and colourism. Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, also known as The Brown Hijabi, also points to in particular South Asians and Arabs needing to take accountability of anti-blackness being the status quo.

“Whilst we all feel heartbroken let’s recognise that if we’re not black it’s our duty to implement real material changes to change the anti-black status quo. In the UK anti-blackness is upheld by non-black people of colour – south Asians and Arabs especially – in so many ways”

Suhaiymah’s resource list calls for South Asians and Non-Black POC to listen to Black people and Black Muslims and activists and to get educated through these resources.

The resource list is categorised into 4 areas:

  • To understand the invention of “Race” as a category in modernity, racism, racial hierarchy and anti-blackness as both a product of enlightenment thinking, colonialism and method to control populations; as well as to understand colourism rooted in longer histories of social divisions in South Asia.
  • To understand why opposing racism means we have to oppose the police, prisons, the idea of “crime” and colonial policing and occupation and the criminal justice system entirely and imagine justice as something more wide e.g. a society that doesn’t produce poverty, racism etc.
  • To understand histories of solidarity and how “divide and conquer” tactics have cut through our anti-racist potential to end racial hierarchy that harms all people of colour.
  • To understand what to do – How to take action in your family, at home, at work, in society throughout your politics and with your money and resources (put your money where your mouth is)

“I particularly recommend the video/film sections if you find reading hard, but most of the text sources are accessible and important to engage with. (also the histories of solidarities is my fave bit because there’s so much potential!)”

You can find the full resource list here

“Knowledge is power. Once we understand that things occur because of histories – we understand that they’re not natural, timeless or unchangeable. If that is so, it means they have a start; if that is so, that means they have an end. We have the power to change our world.”

Suhaiymah also says, for those that don’t know where to start “I super recommend Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete? – to help us move away from seeing this as an issue of individual bad cops, racism is the history of the prison, and the prison doesn’t keep society safe.”

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