Freethinking Stokie

A blog by a British, Pakistani, North Staffs woman providing analysis and discussion on the issues that our local media struggle with.

Quote: Stokely Carmichael

Quote: Stokely Carmichael

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Muslim Convert Privilege

Kristiane Backer - Former MTV host and convert to Islam.

Kristiane Backer – Former MTV host and convert to Islam.


When will converts to Islam recognise their privilege? They haven’t lived through what “born Muslims” often experience from the day that they enter the world, yet they patronise and tell us that we have no right to be angry at our ex co-religionists. They paint pink fluffy pictures and tell us that what we see the majority of Muslims practicing is not “real Islam”.

Don’t get me wrong, Islamophobia (anti-Muslim, irrational, unwarranted bigotry) combined with race based prejudice DO exist. That’s why this Woolwich attack got labelled a “terror attack” immediately (brown man) whereas there was strong desire from the media to label Anders Breivik anything but a “terrorist”. “Insane” “lone madman”, these were the kinds of terms used.

I just wish that the Kristiane Backers and Yvonne Ridleys would recognise their privilege. Their experience doesn’t define my experience growing up in a Muslim household from birth. They chose to join the club. I did not.

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Indian Girl Who Fled Arranged Marriage, Becomes Millionaire Entrepreneur

‘An Indian girl who took a blind leap to escape an arranged marriage has returned home a millionaire.

In 1984, 17-year-old Chanda Zaveri met a couple on Park Street in Calcutta who offered her a different fate from “most Marwari girls” of her age, according to India’s Telegraph newspaper. If Zaveri found herself in Boston, they said, she would have their help.

“I had no money, just a pair of diamond earrings,” said Zaveri, whose parents had arranged her marriage. “I sold it, got myself tickets on British Airways and landed in Boston.” ‘

Read the rest of the article at this link.

Source: Huffington Post

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Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx — and shows how minority neighborhood suffer most from flawed urban policy.

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Midnight’s Children by Deepa Mehta.

Odeon Stoke does not appear to be screening this movie which makes an important contribution to the world’s understanding of the partition of India and what it meant for millions of Indians, both Hindu and Muslim.

I suggest that Stokies who wish to watch the film contact Odeon Stoke via this link.

You will need to select GUEST SERVICES and STOKE, provide your email and write your message.

This is one movie that all children of Indo-Pakistani immigrants to Britain need to watch. It’s also a movie that those alive at the time of the partition may wish to watch.

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Insaani Haqooq Ka Ilmi Manshoor (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Insaani Haqooq Ka Ilmi Manshoor (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in Urdu. This is a PDF file.

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A scene that many Muslim parents in Stoke need to see.

The video is in Urdu and touches upon issues such as music and Islam, double standards for men and women and the rights of Muslim women to marry whosoever they choose to marry.

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THE BLACK POWER MIX TAPE: A trailer of a movie that every Brit of an immigrant background should watch.

The Black Power Mixtape is an award winning compilation feature documentary that displays the story of the African-American community 1967-1975, the people, the society and the style that fueled a change. Told with sparkling, beautiful and deep footage, lost in the archives in Sweden for 30 years.

Written and Directed by: Göran Hugo Olsson
Produced by: Annika Rogell, Story AB
Co-Produced by: Joslyn Barnes & Danny Glover, Louverture Films
Art Director: Stefania Malmsten
Edited by: Göran Hugo Olsson & Hanna Lejonqvist
Including appearances by:
Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichae, Dr. Martin Luther King

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On desi misogyny and fat jokes about women

On desi misogyny and fat jokes about women


Fighting to marry outside your faith? Whether you’re a man or a woman, perhaps your family need to see this.

Imam Khaleel Mohammed’s defence of inter-faith marriage. Read it below in the language of your choosing.




Click here for access to this document in more languages.

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