September 17, 2010 § 2 Comments
a friend of mine said, here in egypt the racism about religion, and in the states it is about color.
i wasnt so sure about the analogy, until i mentioned that on the birth certificates and most important documents, applications in the states, you are asked to fill in your race.
she was shocked. ‘they ask you what color you are? on the birth certificates?’ and she laughed.
of course, when she had earlier told me that on the birth certificate in egypt, you are expected to list your religion and the only options are muslim, jewish and christian’. i just shook my head. how silly.
‘why would it matter what religion you are? and why can you only choose those three?’
so i am thinking about this. how important race is in the states and how normal that seems.
dont get me wrong there is racism and colorism in egypt. but it is interesting the categories that seem essential to our national identity and citizenship.
i say all this knowing that islamophobia has reached ridiculous heights in the states and in the europe. we are seeing the re-emergence of nations in the west referring to themselves as ‘christian nations’.