The racialised ‘go-to Muslim’
in I Refuse to Condemn
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Sadia Habib critically reflects on what it means to be the ‘go-to Muslim’, the one that well-meaning friends and not-so-well-meaning acquaintances approach whenever something happens locally, nationally or globally that the media narrate or describe as Muslim related, thinking that their go-to Muslim will be able to provide some insight or knowledge about the issue. Being the go-to Muslim means that she inevitably feels a sense of discomfort about the burden of being made to feel that she must respond to queries that mostly she doesn’t know the answers to. The chapter explores the burden of being a representative of an identity that others assign upon you, as well as the range of conflicted emotions Muslims must go through when put in a difficult, awkward and frustrating position of being the go-to Muslim. What would happen if the roles were reversed just for one week? What types of questions might be asked of those who come to her with queries they just don’t have the answer to? Rather than concentrating on those who are overtly racist, this chapter focuses its attention of White liberal allies, the ones who believe they are beyond racism, and yet somehow manage to perpetuate it in their daily interactions with people of colour.

I Refuse to Condemn

Resisting racism in times of national security

Editor: Asim Qureshi

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