Concepts about whiteness and non-whiteness in the United States cause the deracialization of white people places them “over” members of the country’s diverse non-white races and ethnicities. It is from this socio-political placement that Euro-American Muslim converts transition and at some level become part of the other, which affects how they navigate the broader society.
The relegation of many Euro-American Muslims to the other is a consequence of their new religious social intersection, which affects their embodied social privileges and “racializes” them in ways that their whiteness did not. In this post, a Euro-American Muslim convert shares a story on how her whiteness is questioned by another white when he finds out she is Muslim.
My car battery dies today, so I call AAA. A tattooed technician in his mid 40s arrives. He is blond, Southern accent thick, and his hands are deeply rutted with grease and the trials of a Battery Service Tech.
I will call him Joe.
Joe is jovial and helpful. He starts to flirt a little bit. What he sees in the shape of me is a blond woman with size 0 purple spiral ear gauges and tortoise shell glasses.
“Are you a student?” he asks, as I live close to campus.
“No, not anymore,” I say.
“Oh, yes. Many years ago.” Joe smiles at the cryptic reference to my age. He wants to ask how old I am, but he doesn’t. Instead, Joe makes small talk in the form of bar/drinking jokes. I laugh, for I recognize he is trying to pass…
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