I am pained and outraged by the murder of George Floyd and countless other Black people at the hands of police violence in America. Police brutality in our country has been perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy, that we must work to dismantle in all of its forms. A large part of that effort starts in our hearts and homes. We must educate ourselves on the history of white supremacy in the United States, learn the history of systemic oppression of the Black community, acknowledge the impact it has on society today and commit to ongoing and sustained action. Real progress comes when we all commit to doing the work necessary to create a future rooted in justice. .
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a month ago
This post is for Baby Charlie! May she group up in a word free of hate and racism ❤️
I wanted to delve into the children’s literary world, because I remember being a kid and not seeing characters in my picture books that looked like me. I wrote my children's book The Prodest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family, so that children who look like me could see themselves in a picture book and that all children would see that the parts of ourselves that might make us appear “different” are worth celebrating. .
Whoever or wherever you are, we each have a role to play in changing the world and committing to doing the necessary work to create a future rooted in justice and equality. A large part of that effort starts in our hearts and homes. Let’s speak to our children and teens about diversity. Books are a great way to begin to tackle tough topics and expose children to different narratives. Check out the children’s books that celebrate diversity! —Ibtihaj @ibtihajmuhammad#ShareTheMicNow
a month ago
What does it mean to defund the police? Defunding the police means reducing police budgets and reallocating those funds to crucial and often neglected areas like education, public health, housing, and youth services. By investing in our communities, we would deter crime by directly addressing societal problems like poverty, mental illness, and homelessness—issues that the police are poorly equipped and not trained to handle. Instead lets have people who are trained in those fields do so. —Ibtihaj @ibtihajmuhammad#ShareTheMicNow
a month ago
There have been so many videos of Black men and women dying at the hands of police violence. Most of us think of lynching (when someone is killed for an alleged offense with or without a legal trail) as a thing of the past, but the reality is it’s a fate suffered by African Americans that continues to plague us today. Anti-Black racism is hardwired into the fabric of our country and it touches the lives of Black people every single day—from police violence to micro-aggressions to poorly-funded schools. .
We are at a pivotal moment in history, as the world stands up and speaks out for justice. And when it comes to the issues of injustice, racism and white supremacy, there is no “both sides.” To say that #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean that your life is not important— rather it means that Black lives are as well. All lives won’t matter until black lives do. —Ibtihaj @ibtihajmuhammad 🎤 #ShareTheMicNow
a month ago
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