Here is what a real apology from Abu Eesa should have read like.
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These sexist and racist comments are not funny, are mean-spirited, against the teachings of the prophet, unprofessional, hateful, hurtful, and injure our community. We deserve better. We demand better.
Commitment to International Women’s Day is intertwined with struggles against sexism, racism, colonialism, homophobia, classism, able-ism, and Islamophobia. It’s not about your individual preferences and friendships. It is about the institutions, infrastructure, and systems that prevent some of us from achieving the fullness of our human potential.
Here are seven quotes from Martin that are helpful to recall Martin the prophet, Martin the radical activist of love-and-justice, and to help us move beyond the myth of the sanitized Martin.
I am delighted that people are eager to fight Islamophobia through legal policies, but I wonder when we will grow to demonstrate the same level of commitment to the social mobilization that will actually force the legal process to respond to it. That social mobilization will necessitate for Muslims to form increasingly deep and meaningful alliances (as some people have already done) with civil rights organizations, African-American organizations, Hispanic organizations, immigrant rights organizations, women’s rights organizations, gay/lesbian groups, and others.
What is perhaps most frustrating about the NY Times’ “mental deficiency” language vis-a-vis Muslims and democracy is that this language is simply a continuation of a colonial apologia where Western countries colonizing and occupying, Muslim (and other) countries justified their lingering oppression by stating that these countries “were not ready to rule themselves”, “lacked the mental qualifications needed for self-governance”, etc. This colonial—which is to say, unjust and oppressive—worldview must be exposed and dismantled before we can embrace a more holistic and humanistic paradigm.
While we are discussing these “scandals” related to Tiger Woods’ penalty, let’s not forget to talk about the Master Tournament host’s vicious history of sexism and racism.