But in that moment, in sixth grade, my frizzy hair catching the sun beaming in through the school bus window next to me, I had the chance to conceal myself within the veil of anonymity, ambiguity. This is where that inferiority complex kicked in. Topics Islam Cif belief. That inferiority complex really seized me by the throat for most of my upbringing. But parents usually know better in the latter case. I remember this was the only thing she kept repeating when she found the teens who did it:
One need look no further than Fulla, the Middle Eastern version of Barbiedesigned to suit Muslim values.
This trend of young Muslim girls wearing the hijab is disturbing
Later, instead of questioning the employee who had slashed our tires, the police who arrived would instead question my father regarding accusations that he wanted to bomb the toy store. These are not her original ideas, but they are repackaged as such, and that's a great shame. How much do they know? But in that moment, in sixth grade, my frizzy hair catching the sun beaming in through the school bus window next to me, I had the chance to conceal myself within the veil of anonymity, ambiguity. And then the first time my heritage was held against me as an insult marked the end of the days that I innocently took pride in my culture as a source of joy and the subject of class celebrations during Culture Day, naive to the implications of race and history. Before Muslim Girl, there was and still is the print magazine, "Azizah," which is also a rich source for perspectives of Muslim women. But despite knowing this, I think what I felt at the time was the supreme unease that I had just done something against my nature.