Who am I? The type of question that seems deceptively easy to answer. I am many things: a Muslim, a Canadian, an African, a Somali, a woman. Being born and raised in a Western society as both an ethnic and religious minority, you don’t get to choose which identity you are defined by. They are imposed on you – and with that imposition comes ignorance. They see a woman in a hijab and assume she’s oppressed. They see a black woman and assume she speaks a certain way. They see a female and only assume she goes out to be seen.
Assumptions, impositions, ignorance. The latter strips individuals of complexity and of breadth.
As a woman who holds many identities, I am constantly tapping into various streams of thought. This blog is my attempt to share my thoughts, as well as things on the interwebz that help me to PROVOKE my thoughts.
I’d love for you all to join me on this learning experience.