When you see me, do you only see my hijab?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 4:23pm

 

When you greet me, do you only see my hijab?

When I walk into

the classroom

the grocery store

the mall

the gym

the airport

 

Do you only see my hijab?

 

When I am

angry

sad

silent

happy

 

When I

fail

succeed

smile

cry

 

Do you only see my hijab?

 

When you ask me

“What foreign country are you from?”

“When were you forced to wear ‘that’?”

“When will you have an arranged marriage?”

 

When you

silence me

call me a terrorist

look at me with fear

yell at me to “go home”

pull your child away from my side of the sidewalk

are shocked that I can speak English

feel threatened by my mere presence

 

Do you only see my hijab?

 

Maybe the more important question here is:

What do you even see when you see my hijab?

Me?

or

Your false perceptions, implicit biases, unconscious hate, irrational fear, invalid disgust, and uninformed generalizations?