I see it in the expressions of faces that walk by a woman wearing a bikini. When the dress is short and low cut, you can probably expect the same sorts of expressions. But it’s even more dramatic when she wears a hijab. The sounds of freedom seem to be ringing in every ear walking the streets of America. But one thing is very clear; it’s that it’s not freedom, but rather the lack of it.
Sometime after 9/11, those of the Middle Eastern decent were spotted rather quickly. If the skin and facial features were dark and hairy, the title stuck-- Al Qaeda’s Muslim helpers. This was an insult no one could stand. It was as if telling the White skinned, blue-eyed blonde Americans that they were Hitler’s descendants.
History becomes easily and momentarily forgettable through the eyes of those who see things the way they want to; and as if we didn’t segregate enough people already, yet again we boast of our next endeavor. What does it matter now in an age when we claim equality? We have never been more unequal than right here and now trying to be equal.
What we all should be equal in is the individual freedom every one of us possesses. I am not suggesting that we stop questioning things or dumb down to the motto of doing whatever we want, regardless of the consequences, and call it freedom. However, I am merely stating that these expressions need to stop. Someone once said that if you want to change the world, start with yourself.
The next time you see a woman wearing whatever she is wearing, just know this. However you see her is exactly how you see yourself. If you make fun of her, you only make fun of yourself and your own kind. So be powerful enough to look within yourself and fix the insecurities there. We, all of us are guilty of those expressions, but maybe it’s time to stop before we find another reason for war.