How could someone who loves you hurt you to the point of no return?
There are so many nuances to “whiteness” and it’s summer and I don’t want to think and explain what I mean by that. I just want to drink my smoothies and get annoyed by my little sister who I have to babysit for 4 months!!!
Guys, I know you want the bombers to be white to get back at the racist remarks made by Americans, but we, Chechens, do not consider ourselves white. Like, at all.
So please stop.
Seriously? Speak for yourself. Every Chechen I know, including myself, considers their self white. Not to get pissy, but what color would you consider yourself if not white? Not that it honestly matters.
Oh God. it’s not about the colour to me. Let’s just leave it at that.
I’m here to share the recipe for this awesome DIY face mask that is pretty common. Mix some avocado, honey, and lemon juice. I didn’t really measure how much I added of each of the ingredients, just make sure it’s pasty. I have horribly dehydrated skin and no matter how much water I drink it does not seem to go away (and no, it’s not the products I’m using, because I’m not using anything except sunscreen and coconut oil sometimes. Actually, it’s probably the sunscreen.) I applied the mask twice today since I made a little too much (I still have some left over for tomorrow morning) and my skin is already looking so much more moisturized. And it’s glowing! My pores have almost all cleared up. Noo, it’s not a miracle mask, don’t expect your skin to look perfect, but it does a good job at making it softer and less irritated.
Oh, and leave it on for as long as you want/can. In the morning, I left it on for 2 hours because I had nothing to do. And tonight, I left it on for about 40 minutes.
Don’t waste the whole avocado! Eat it, too. It’s good for you.
This is probably a very unexpected post.
Muslims face prejudice, but Muslims from the Caucasus face a particular kind of prejudice - the kind born of ignorance so great it perversely imbues everything with significance. “There is never interpretation, understanding and knowledge when there is no interest,” Edward Said wrote in Covering Islam , and until this week, there was so little interest in and knowledge of the Caucasus that the ambassador of the Czech Republic felt compelled to issue a press release stating that the Czech Republic is not the same as Chechnya.
Knowing nothing of the Tsarnaevs’ motives, and little about Chechens, the American media tore into Wikipedia and came back with stereotypes. The Tsarnaevs were stripped of their 21st century American life and became symbols of a distant land, forever frozen in time. Journalist Eliza Shapiro proclaimed that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was “named after a brutal warlord”, despite the fact that Tamerlan, or Timur, is an ordinary first name in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Her claim is equivalent to saying a child named Nicholas must be named in honour of ruthless Russian tsar Nicholas I - an irony apparently lost on New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who made a similar denouncement on Twitter (to his credit, Kristof quickly retracted the comment).
Other journalists found literary allusions, or rather, illusions. “They were playing the nihilists Arkady and Bazarov in Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons ,” explained scholar Juan Cole, citing an 1862 Russian novel to explain the motives of a criminal whose Twitter account was full of American rap lyrics. One does not recall such use of literary devices to ascertain the motives of less exotic perpetrators, but who knows? Perhaps some ambitious analyst is plumbing the works of Faulkner to shed light on that Mississippi Elvis impersonator who tried to send ricin to Obama.
Still others turned to social media as a gateway to the Chechen soul. Journalist Julia Ioffe - after explaining the Tsarnaevs through Tolstoy, Pushkin, and, of course, Stalin - cites the younger Tsarnaev’s use of the Russian website VKontakte as proof of his inability to assimilate, then ranks the significance of his personal photos.
“The most revealing image of Dzhokhar is not the one of him hugging an African-American friend at his high school graduation, but the one of him sitting at a kitchen table with his arm around a guy his age who appears to be of Central Asian descent,” she writes . “In front of them is a dish plov , a Central Asian dish of rice and meat, and a bottle of Ranch dressing.” Again, it is difficult to imagine a journalist writing with such breathtaking arrogance - why is the Central Asian friend more “revealing” than the African-American one? What, exactly, are they “revealing”? - about the inner life of someone from a more familiar place.
One way to test whether you are reading a reasonable analysis of the Tsarnaev case - and yes, they exist - is to replace the word “Chechen” with another ethnicity. “I could always spot the Chechens in Vienna,” writes journalist Oliver Bulloughs in the New York Times . “They were darker-haired than the Austrians; they dressed more snappily, like 1950s gangsters; they never had anything to do.” Now substitute the word “Jews” for “Chechens”. Minority-hunting in Vienna never ends well .
When I was in Saudi for my Hajj, I saw a very strange kind of hostile prejudice for the Muslims from the Caucasus (again, light skin ≠ White), and I learned from my father about the ridiculous, petty reasons for it. I spent most of my evenings around Maghrib prayer with some of the most loving, humble Chechen Muslims.
After the Boston events, not only did Twitter prove the majority knows virtually nothing about the Caucasus, so did Tumblr with its lack of knowledge, biased behavior in addition to “smart” journalists - all of this proved how shallow the understanding of these people was. The very same bias polices and erases identity.
Maybe every Muslim should get twitter and post funny and “normal” stuff? Just in case.
I’ve seen someone on tumblr comment about how people doubt Dzhokhar’s involvement in the bombings because he’s white. I have to disagree. I believe the reason why people are defending him is because we have essentially “humanized” him through his twitter updates and his friends’ disbelief over what happened. He became just a normal college kid to us, 19 years old, so close to our own age, looking like he just woke up with his messy hair and his love for Nutella. From what I remember, other “terrorists” or murderers did not have this much support from their friends.
His brother, though, does not have much support, since the media portrayed him as a “radical Muslim” and a lot of people who believe they’re guilty think that Tamerlan had a bigger role in the whole Boston event and his younger brother was influenced by him. Once again, proving the point that the colour of Dzhokhar’s skin is not really at play here.
I could go and on, but I have an exam to study for.
My mom after hearing stories of Muslim people being assaulted, just told me “If someone assaults you, don’t do anything. Don’t hit them back.”
Oh, and to top it all, the aunt has been getting threat calls since yesterday.
Anonymous asked: can you elaborate on your mom's visit and what we're being misinformed of?
I’m sorry, I don’t want to write anything on tumblr or on other social network sites. I’m not sure how safe it is.
yeah, it’s definitely shady.
Anonymous asked: You said your mother went to speak to the aunt, which says you know the people. Are you sure they are Chechens? They could be Dagestanis that just say they are Chechen, which means there should be no Chechen anything involved in this case.
the mom of the two boys is from Dagestan, the dad is Chechen