I don’t think this was meant to be a meme
I don and I don´t believe that this was ever intended to be an actual meme.
If you don’t believe me, read it again.
But if you do, I can´t help but wonder if you were looking for something a little more sinister than that.
It is an image that is all too familiar in 2017: a young girl in a hijab, sitting alone in the kitchen of her family home, in a kitchen that is also home to a pair of Muslim men, who, if we are to believe the Muslim parents, are just like any other family: the husband, the daughter, and the baby, who has not yet come into the world.
When this image first went viral, it was widely condemned by the Muslim community.
“I do not believe that it is appropriate to use this image in any way,” the parents wrote.
“We have never told the girl not to wear the hijab, and we are not telling her to change her mind.”
“This is not a joke, this is a serious and serious matter,” they continued.
The parents were quick to point out that the image is not even meant to ridicule Muslims in general, and that the family does not want to “be a symbol for any group of people who are discriminated against.”
And yet, that is precisely what they did.
I don’t know what happened there.
What I do know is that it was an image which I have been told was created by an angry Muslim woman who, in her mind, is not only wrong, but actively promoting hatred.
This is the image which was used on Reddit’s popular Ask Me Anything (AMA) section: “We just can’t take this anymore.
This is not okay.
We don’t want this to be normalized.
We can’t live like this anymore, and if we keep doing this, we will destroy this community.
We have to stand up against this.”
“It is a clear example of a white woman using a meme to perpetuate a hatred for people of color and to shame Muslims,” writes Jamey Jasta, the CEO of the Muslim Women’s Forum, in response to the image.
“This image is a direct threat to Muslim women’s safety and safety of all women in America.”
I can’t tell you how many times I have felt unsafe or threatened by people who do not look like me, because I am not white or Muslim.
My father is a Marine and my mother is a college student.
We are the people who have to deal with racism and hate.
In my experience, I have never experienced anything like this, in terms of a young Muslim woman using an image of her hijab to promote her own political views, or a Muslim woman with a hijab in her home to shame her Muslim parents.
Yet, even though I am aware that this is not the first time someone has used the image, and it is certainly not the last, I do not want it to become the norm.
And so I have decided to take a stand.
As a parent, I am in a position to speak up.
I know that my daughters will not be able to live their lives as normal.
They will not have access to safe spaces, they will not know the value of diversity in the classroom and in the world, and they will never be able go to school without the fear of harassment and assault.
At the same time, I also know that I have to do more than just speak up for my daughters.
Because this image is so deeply embedded in our culture, it is embedded in the way that we understand the world around us.
There is an entire generation of Americans, who grew up in a time where the image of a hijab was seen as an accessory, or an accessory to a dress, or the kind of accessory that women wore to their friends’ houses and at weddings.
These images have been so embedded in American culture that we see them every day.
Today, there is no more acceptable form of expression.
No more acceptable way to express one’s religious beliefs.
Now, I cannot stop talking about these issues because of a meme.
And so, if I want my daughters to feel safe and respected, and to feel respected in our community, I must speak out.
A lot has changed since I started this project.
First, I stopped using social media.
Then, I spoke out.
And then, I took action.
For many, the first step is to stop using the image in the first place.
Even if it means removing the meme from Reddit and leaving it as is.
Not only will it not do the same, it will do more harm than good.
One thing is certain.
We are not going to stop this hate