(h/t to American Muslim)
UPDATE 1/9/08: Based on some comments, I felt it necessary to clarify that while I disagree with the overall undertones of this video, I have the utmost respect for those involved in its production. I'm no fan of arm-chair Muslim critics, who whine and moan about our screwed up situation without lifting a finger. May Allah (swt) bless these individuals who actually stood up and did something constructive (as much as I may disagree with their approach). Good for them!
I'm really not diggin' the vibes in this video. I feel its too... apologetic... submissive...
I understand that Muslims are in dire need of a PR makeover.
I understand that far too many media outlets seek out the bearded FOB with the broken English as representative of the entire American Muslim community.
I understand that the war on terror has made the Muslim into the 21st century Commie/Nazi/Bogeyman.
I do understand all that.
But what are we aiming to achieve with this public service spot? Is a message consisting of 'Hey look at me! I'm just as American as you. I love Britney Spears and the NFL just like every other Joe Six-Pack. Please accept me! Oh and I also cheated in high school' really worth saying?
It seriously irks me the lengths we go to in order to humanize ourselves to those hellbent on dehumanizing us.
I would much rather prefer a more substantive portrayal of Muslims in America with signs stating our hatred for the economic injustices of capitalism or the disgust for the racism ravaging American cities or intolerance for the greedy crooks running the big pharmaceuticals.
How about a video with more substance - reflecting the higher principles we stand for as opposed to the weaker image of a domesticated people asking to be accepted?
While I won't knock the MAS Media Foundation and the dedicated individuals who put this video together (May Allah continue to motivate them to help the situation of Muslims in the West), I just don't feel its necessary to show our American-ness by citing Grey's Anatomy or Justin Timberlake or Victoria's Secret.
In its defense, I liked that the video conveyed an anti-alcohol, pro-abstinence, pro-environment, pro-social justice message.
But why is showing that a young Muslim is able to rap to all of Tupac's songs so important in establishing our American Muslim identity?
Its not about integrating into society. Its about elevating society.
One final note: I don't care much for the choice of the song. Generally speaking, its a nice song, but to even remotely intimate that Muslims are in America because they see it as a Paradise is highly questionable and quite insulting. Let's not feed the Amero-centricism so prevalent in American society.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
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