Let’s put it in terms the nonblack Muslim community (for the most part) understands.

If a non-Palestinian scholar responded to a question about Israeli oppression by citing how dysfunctional Palestinian politics is and pointing to Palestinian infighting and how Palestinian families are breaking down, and at no point in his answer did this scholar mention the Israeli occupation, the blockades, the policies of apartheid, the bombing operations, etc., etc., wouldn’t that be an egregious mistake? Wouldn’t people be justified in feeling that the scholar put the onus of Palestinian suffering on Palestinians themselves rather than their oppressors? And wouldn’t they be justified in feeling offended by that?

The problem is not that the scholar is not Palestinian himself or that he doesn’t have a degree in Palestinian studies. The problem is he is overlooking something that should be clear as day. And in some cases, oversight aids oppression.

None of this is to question the life work of a scholar or to question his intentions, or to question all that he means to the Muslim community, etc.

Note: Muslims should support BlackLivesMatter in the sense of opposing a police system that brutalizes black people and their communities and a “justice” system that disproportionately targets black people and a prison and military industrial complex that disproportionately profits from the militarizing police and locking up black people. As for the official BlackLivesMatter organization and website, which is primarily a liberal social justice warrior front taking advantage of black people in order to normalize LGBT, they should be shunned and called out by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Daniel Haqiqatjou

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