While I agree with this critique about the way Hollywood and the Western media generally depicts beauty, I am also inclined to reflect on how some of the same groups of people that are critical of such unfair depictions of beauty can also be guilty of the same racial biases.Specifically, I’m referring to the dynamics of dating and relationships within the Muslim American community and how my community has absorbed some of the standards that Nanjiani and Ansari are accused of perpetuating in their craft. Even though there are vastly more opportunities to meet people now than there ever were in the past, it’s still hard to connect with others.She began by saying “I’m so sorry but,” which is never a good sign.She continued to say that the reason for the hold-up was that the girl was trying to talk to her parents first.
According to a Pew Research Group study in 2017, around 42% of Muslims are native born, while 58% are foreign born.
Currently, there are over one billion Muslims worldwide; however, the numbers are far lower in the U. with Muslims only making up an estimated one percent of the population or about 3.35 million people.
From the way the American conservative media depicts our impending takeover with sharia law, one would think that we were much more numerous.
After trying to talk to her parents about the idea of being introduced to me, she said her parents were not budging on the “racial issue.” To clarify on what she meant by that, I said, “So her parents didn’t want her to talk to me because I am Black.” My friend was quite apologetic over the phone after confirming this as the reason, but she deserved no blame in this situation as she was just trying to help a brother out.
Nevertheless, this scenario happens too often within our community.