Beware of Them

“Beware of Them”

Beware of those who believe you can’t liberate yourself.

Beware of those who believe they know you better than yourself.

Beware of those who shame you and try to “save” you in the name of ideologies regardless if they be religious or secular.

Beware of those who claim to be objective simply to shame your opinions.

Beware of those who expect you to be “rational” when you speak about your lived experiences.

Beware of those who speak of liberation so long as it suits their desires and expectations.

Beware of those who speak of peace as merely the absence of militia violence.

Beware of those who speak of gender equality yet support colonial and neo-colonial atrocities.

Beware of those who denounce violence only to support violence by others.

Beware of those who support multi-faith and multi-cultural diversity yet shame those with queer identities.

Beware of those who say you can’t define your values without the approval of either academics or religious scholars.

Beware of those who insist on non-violent resistance yet hardly complain about state-sanctioned violence.

Beware of those who speak of social justice so long as they maintain their privilege.

Beware of those who oblige you to justify your existence.

Beware of those who speak for you yet hardly acknowledge your existence.

Beware of those who wish to impose labels on you.

Beware of those who embrace only one part of you.

Beware of those who say “there are two sides to every story” just to suppress one side.

Beware of those who perceive others as sinful due to certain lifestyles.

Beware of those who intentionally deny your reality.

Beware of those who don’t see your humanity.

Beware of those who don’t believe you have nuance and complexity.

Beware of them.

Beware of all of them.

If you fall for them, if you follow them, then what is it that you stand for?

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I wrote the above thoughts due to personal experiences as a Muslim & Palestinian woman living in Turtle Island (a.k.a North America), along with knowledge I am exposed to through different sources I come across and people I know. 

About my personal experiences: They are based on my interactions with different types of people in more than one setting or context. 

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