Unique challenges faced by Black Muslim community warrant better understanding, attention

Black Muslims in Canada face combined oppressions of anti-Black racism and Islamophobia

Nimao Ali · for CBC News

Heritage Canada designates February as Black History Month to focus on recognizing the legacy of Black Canadians, both in the past and present. While it’s a celebration of contributions to society which simultaneously highlights resilience, excellence and history, it is also an opportunity to reflect on learnings that include the narratives of unique Black communities.

One such community, Black Muslims, today accounts for more than 9 per cent of this country’s Muslim population and 0.3 per cent of all Canadians.

Despite its size, the community’s impact is profound, particularly while negotiating the compounded oppressions of anti-Black racism and Islamophobia.

For Black Muslims in Canada, multiple layers of identity intersect and create a very complex reality that makes it difficult to define oneself by any one thing. Even more challenging are the barriers faced regarding unique achievements of Black Muslim communities, in terms of their recognition and celebration.


Categories: Canada, Muslim women, Racism

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