Social justice and standing up to systematic oppression is a rich part of American Muslim history. If American Muslims are to reject #BlackLivesMatter, we are effectively rejecting the legacy of people like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, pillars of the history of Islam in America.
Scholars remind us that courses within the humanities that connect current sociopolitical concerns juxtaposed with the need to educate an increasingly diverse student population is key to the future of higher education.
To the protest leaders nationwide, what is required to show your good faith is that every time a troublemaker shoots in a crowd, or hurls rocks, bottles or Molotov cocktails at police officers, then melting back into the otherwise peaceful crowd, you must push them back out into the open.
The DOJ reports on Ferguson are in. My policy is to read the full accounts prior to commenting, and in this case, I'm very glad I did. The two reports issued by the DOJ offer very different and conflicting images of the August events in Ferguson.
For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?
If all lives matter, then the response should be mutual outrage and remorse for the loss of life. That should include the lives of cops and citizens, whether black, white, or of any race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.
Our country needs all of us to chip in. Every day in your life you can push for change. I don't have enough room to list all the examples here, but educate yourself on what subtle, modern day racism looks like because its damage is real.
If we do not get distracted or deterred, substantive change and police accountability will prevail. It is our job to remain focused and firm in our resolve. In the words of the late great Sam Cooke, it's been a long time coming, but a change is gonna come.
We are a new generation of civil rights leaders, 21st century Internet users with our hands and our digital voices raised, calling out #WhichSideAreYouOn? Our response? We're on the freedom side. We want our digital voices protected by real network neutrality.