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Mona Haydar’s Hijab Rap Song is Not What We Need

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  1. Kristen Abdullah says:

    How can you claim that this video does not showcase women’s intellect? You’re not looking deep enough if all you have taken away from this video and song is a message about physical beauty and capitalization of the hijab. Also, your ideas of the worthiness of this video are very binary. Haydar’s message is just as important as the one you’re trying to make yourself and I don’t think she would disagree with you that “its not about the hijab, its about the person inside.” Also let us not forget: “muslim women who wear the hijab have been increasingly targeted in the US as Islamophobia has risen over the past few years. The number of physical assaunts against Muslims in the US reached Sept 11- era levels last year, according to the Pew Research Center. The FBI reported 257 incidents of anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2015, a 67% increase from the previous year.” This is from NPR’s Code Switch. If nothing else, you should at least acknowledge that in an attempt to normalize the hijab in western society, Haydar is also attempting to end the very real threat of violence against women who chose to wear the hijab.

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