We can’t breathe: An African-American Muslim mother whines, er, speaks

The older I get, the less I want to share from my soul with those who haven’t earned the right to hear it, or who rather you didn’t disturb their slumber. In any case, sometimes the pain is too deep, the emotions too raw, that your soul testifies regardless. I thought I was doing a good job compartmentalizing recent events until I couldn’t sleep for several nights in a row. The deepest recesses of my being just wouldn’t allow it. My soul was too busy trying to make sense of the evils ravaged against my peoples.

Even while my body rested, my mind struggled to make sense of IT.ALL. And so I dreamed. I dreamed that I too had been chained in the bowels of a ship, covered in my own filth, separated from my children, on the way to a hell that would last for centuries. I called out to God in my sleep, as I struggled to understand the Divine plan in it all.

I am my parents child. They, too, struggled to find meaning in IT.ALL. In the 60s and 70s they abandoned much…family, religion, careers…to become Muslims. In the hope of finding sanity and meaning in IT.ALL. They changed their names and abandoned the “slave” names and markers: markers that had been forced upon their ancestors generations before…

…Black people: I think we must seize the opportunity to rebuild our communities, networks, and neighborhoods that have been systematically destroyed. We have to do for self. We have to uplift those who have lost hope. There are no other options.

Buy Black. Shop Black. Work Black. School Black. As much as we can. Not in opposition to anyone else, but because our survivial depends on it. If not us, then who? Ignore the voices that would dare call us “racist” for doing so. They are not concerned with our survival…

This is a guest posts from Mahasin Abuwi Aleem, a graduate of Brown University with a major in Political Science. She is a mother, a wife, and a future archivist and librarian, currently working on a Masters in Library and Information Science. She emailed these thoughts to me a few days ago.

What is ‘IT.ALL’? Not making a whole lot of sense.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “The older I get, the less I want to share from my soul with those who haven’t earned the right to hear it…”

    Then STFU, …please!

    • Mal

      As if she would STFU, DBN. They’re all cut from the same narcissistic cloth these ‘activists’. She wants you to listen to her assumed pain in the same way that the Pride Paraders insist that you look at their tackle RIGHT NOW!

  • winniec

    DELUSIONAL! Does she think ‘buy black’ is going to work except to make black-owned businesses FAIL IN A HURRY!
    This sort of BLACK APARTHEID hasn’t a chance of working. Try becoming a CITIZEN OF THE WORLD, cookie, instead of a ghetto girl with a slave mentality! By the way, cookie, the Islamic world ran the African slave trade, collected them, sold them, got rich from it. Black slavery by black Africans.

    • Mal

      That “buy black”-thing isn’t exactly what the Ferguson blacks have in their so-called minds is it?

      • ntt1

        burn enough and it starts looking real black.

      • Frances

        No, it was “burn black”. A lot of working blacks lost everything when their shops were torched.

  • Mal

    Not making sense A.TALL.
    Of course, that’s not necessary; as long as you FEEL.IT.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      It’s an inept attempt at emphasis on her part.
      And this creature is closing-in on her Masters in ‘Library and Information Science’?
      God save us all!

      • Mal

        I’m willing to bet good money that the whining maggot Lie-berry & Infermation Scientist hasn’t read a book cover-to-cover in her entire repellant life.

  • garyk2

    Who sold your ancestors into slavery Miss Abooaboo? Was it fellow tribesmen or Muslim overlords like they continue to do to this day?

  • xiphos

    “Work black/school black” …………… yeah, right. And Jumbo Shrimp.

  • Alain

    She has a soul? Nay, I suspect she is one of those whose soul departed long ago, rather like the living impaired. What else could explain a woman, especially a black woman, converting to an ideology whose oppression of women makes the long dead segregation look tame.

  • ntt1

    She is so delusional she embraced the real slaver culture arabic islam. in arabic the word for a black is slave. I think she needs a constructive hobby and more fresh air.

  • pdxnag

    You have clasped your hands with chains of your own making, and they will chase you as surely as a rainbow flees in front of you. Your first step must be to reject Islam. Then you can try to shake off the Robert Mugabe style notion that white folks are the root of all evil.

    Pandering to your own inner racism is hardly a key to any sort of success, unless racism and tribalism is indeed your goal. (This is the pinnacle expression of the PC MC crowd.)

  • Xavier

    Buy White. Shop White. Work White. School White. As much as we can.

    I’m about to be executed for racism, right?

    • pdxnag

      What’s the point of I.TALL if you still give free food and medical aid to COMMUNITIES, foreign and domestic, with fertility rates that are double or triple that of your own?

      i.e., your snark is still only half as vigorous as that of the true PC MC crowd.

  • Pete_Brewster

    This is a post-graduate student studying to be a librarian, and she can’t write a coherent paragraph. Even in Liberia I suspect librarians are expected to know how to read and write.