alan moore speaks from inside my brain.
thanks @fawksy & @x3jennax3 for posting)
Good on you for your experiment. I’ve done similar by using makeup to bruise a girl and have her walk into a store—you’ve be surprised people look away or stare… though one or two people asked, “Who did that to you? I’ll punch them myself.” It’s amazing how looking from the other side can change so much.
I went to the mall, and a little girl called me a terrorist.
My name is Ela. I am seventeen years old. I am not Muslim, but my friend told me about her friend being discriminated against for wearing a hijab. So I decided to see the discrimination firsthand to get a better understanding of what Muslim women go through.
My friend and I pinned scarves around our heads, and then we went to the mall. Normally, vendors try to get us to buy things and ask us to sample a snack. Clerks usually ask us if we need help, tell us about sales, and smile at us. Not today. People, including vendors, clerks, and other shoppers, wouldn’t look at us. They didn’t talk to us. They acted like we didn’t exist. They didn’t want to be caught staring at us, so they didn’t look at all.
And then, in one store, a girl (who looked about four years old) asked her mom if my friend and I were terrorists. She wasn’t trying to be mean or anything. I don’t even think she could have grasped the idea of prejudice. However, her mother’s response is one I can never forgive or forget. The mother hushed her child, glared at me, and then took her daughter by the hand and led her out of the store.
All that because I put a scarf on my head. Just like that, a mother taught her little girl that being Muslim was evil. It didn’t matter that I was a nice person. All that mattered was that I looked different. That little girl may grow up and teach her children the same thing.
This experiment gave me a huge wakeup call. It lasted for only a few hours, so I can’t even begin to imagine how much prejudice Muslim girls go through every day. It reminded me of something that many people know but rarely remember: the women in hijabs are people, just like all those women out there who aren’t Muslim.
People of Tumblr, please help me spread this message. Treat Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Pagans, Taoists, etc., exactly the way you want to be treated, regardless of what they’re wearing or not wearing, no exceptions. Reblog this. Tell your friends. I don’t know that the world will ever totally wipe out prejudice, but we can try, one blog at a time.
coming up next on white people solve racism
muslim women dont need your white saviour attitude, you might now finally realise what it’s like to be excluded from society because of a piece of garment but you’re never going to experience it in the way we do.
she literally worded this so well and so honestly and tried so hard not to be rude, she just tried to understand what you go through. she’s not trying to be a saviour, she’s trying to raise awareness. she never said she’d solve anything or experience it like you do. stop doing exactly what other people do to you and shut down someones ideas just because of their color or religion or anything. this is a valid and completely pure hearted thing.
Faith Lehane [Requested by Anonymous]
Faith was always my favorite female Buffy character, Drusilla a close second.
Reflections: Portraits of the Elderly as They Once Were
I’ve always loved this photoset, it has so many stories just through pictures.
It always pains me to see the elderly being dismissed, ignored or mistreated just because people don’t stop to think about the lives they’ve lead.
"I want a show with strong, feminist female supporting characters"
"I want a show with strong male characters"
"I want a show with action"
"I want a show that is funny."
"I want a show that is interesting and in-depth"
"I want a show with characters I can relate to"
"I want a show that has horror."
"I want a show with supernatural creatures."
"I want a show with a gay/lesbian couple."
LITERALLY. JUST WATCH BUFFY.
BUT WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO WATCH BUFFY???
Then good luck with that.