Parvez on “Whiteness” at Huffpo
Parvez Sharma, the love jihadi, writes an interesting article at Huffington Post called “The Unbearable Whiteness of Being”.
“When I first arrived here in 2000, I dabbled for a brief minute in academia and the words of sociologist Steven Seidman made a great deal of sense. He made the argument, which I am helpfully able to retrieve easily from Wikipedia, that “White culture constitutes the general cultural mainstream, causing non-White culture to be seen as deviant, in either a positive or negative manner. Moreover, Whites tend to be disproportionately represented in powerful positions, controlling almost all political, economic and cultural institutions.” Seidman also makes the argument that for the most part “Whites” are unaware of their privilege and the fact that “White” culture and all that that encompasses has always been the dominant force in the United States. Growing up in India, one of the most bitterly defined and divided by class, caste, religion (and yes, colour of skin) societies-the condition of Indian-ness for me did always include one uniform skin color and that was brown. Now brown, much like anything else comes in different hues. My mother always said that I was blessed with very ‘fair skin’. I rebelled and wanted to be darker much to her consternation, and she even procured a popular skin bleaching cream called ‘Fair and Lovely’ for me. My obsession with darker skin tone continues, as much to the reasonable despair of my very-White partner (he fears melanoma) I spend time on the sun soaked beaches of the free world without using any “protection”.”
~sigh~ here I go again feeling left out!
If blonde hair and freckles constituted whiteness .. i’d so be in but I think I’d add to the definition of “American” whiteness as including the acknowledgement of Christ in a non-Islamic fashion or at least denying your heritage that insists it.
Cuz, let me tell you with Eid around the corner, I’m very aware of all privaleges being lost once I put in a request to take eid off for work, school, etc. More to the topic of Parvez’s post .. I may be white but believe me, as a Muslim .. I sure as hell am not going to be neither McCain’s nor Obama’s Muslim outreach co-ordinator (not that I have some sort of slander wish).
But .. go read the article – it’s really good!