This era of pandemic, protests, and political turmoil has made us acutely aware of the dire need to unite. America is grappling with two viruses: COVID-19 and what has become a chronic disease in our nation, racism. Black lives, especially, have been violently mistreated and dehumanized at the hands of systematic racism. Racism and anti-blackness is ingrained in the institutions that are meant to protect our lives. Black people live in constant fear of racial violence and face anti-black prejudice on a daily basis. For far too long, non-black communities of color, including the Muslim community, have been complicit in this wrongdoing. If we would have spoken out and supported the Black community, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery could’ve been alive today.
We would like to invite you to our Becoming An Ally: The Next Step for the Muslim Community Webinar this Friday, June 12 at 4:00PM via Zoom. We aim to address the embedded racism within the Muslim community and gain a better understanding on the Black Muslim community’s history and experience. And, most importantly, we will propose practical steps that we can implement to work towards overcoming discrimination against the Black community.
We are honored to have Imam Dawud Walid, the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI); Margari Hill, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative MuslimARC; and Imam Jihad Saafir, President of Islah LA, for the event.