Reflections on a panel talk: the violence of white fragility and the erasure of its victims

The Brown Hijabi

I am sitting on a train on my way home from a panel talk on Feminism & Islamophobia, on how the two collude to undermine Muslim women, and how Muslim women are erased and reduced to “the veil”. I am exhausted and bewildered.

The panel consisted of five (four panellists and one chair) hijab-wearing women of colour. In a University setting this is a rarity. We know this. We are not the people panels are meant for, we are not the people audiences are meant to listen to.

We opened the discussion by laying out our premises: that we weren’t interested in proving ourselves, that we refused to answer questions that made inherent value judgements about our worth, that we didn’t deem secular modes of feminism which universalised white women’s experiences and aspired to equal access to be oppressors as the pinnacle of our goals, that in…

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In the beninging.

If you don’t get the main heading then I really don’t know for you.

Welcome to my blog (and my first post). I decided to start one because I’m too opinionated for 280 characters and I genuinely enjoy writing.

A little about me: I’m currently 18, I live in Barking, I just finished my A levels and I love bowling and slush. I’m not sure whether any of that matters but I thought why not include it.

I don’t have a clear idea of what kind of blog this is going to be but I have a few ideas that I’m excited to write about. If all goes to plan I will be writing about things that include lifestyle, race, education, culture or just anything I find interesting to be honest. I want this to be as interactive as possible and I want to be able to include other people in this too. As much as I love to share my opinion it’s always nice to be challenged or get a different perspective. I would also appreciate any feedback/ideas in the comments or in my twitter dms.

I’ll keep this short and sweet and end it here.

(Next blog post coming soon)

‘Writing is the painting of the voice’ – Voltaire