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The Thing About Fear

Posted by Maha Jawass on

the thing about fear

You have to face it head on.

The world is in a scary place right now, a world where people are able to go out and freely riot against other religions, groups, and spew hatred and bigotry. It is terrifying to step out in the world these days as a hijabi, a person of colour, in a yarmulke, a person in the LGTBQ community or basically anything that might set you apart from the ideological straight white male. But, each day you must go out and conquer these challenges, no matter how small and insignificant they may seem. It can get overwhelming, but the important thing to remember through times like these is to not let fear overcome you.

It may feel like the only option you have is to cower away from it all, but the only way to truly fight back is to live your life. To keep doing what you usually do. The only way to kick fear in the ass is to do what scares you, over and over again. Go out with friends and have a great time, take the usual route to school, grab your usual morning coffee, just don’t stop living. Don’t let the hatred of others change you. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, "no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

If the riots in Virginia can teach you anything, it is that hatred can plague the hearts of anyone of any age, it is that these people are fighting against us because they are afraid of equality. In the last post, I spoke about how silence means consent, and right now it means so more than ever. Martin Luther King said, “In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Now more than ever you cannot stay silent. You have been given yet another opportunity to choose what you stand for. Another opportunity to fight for what is right.

It is, sadly, beyond the point of fighting back with love, love won’t work against such hostile hatred. Yet, we must not fight back with more hatred, or anger, or revenge. Instead we must fight back with our words, our actions, our confidence, and our complete understanding and unity with each other. Once they see that we all stand united, seas of people coming together to form an unbreakable bond, they’ll have no choice but to pack their bags and go back to their hiding spots.

Those narrow-minded white supremacists are trying to scare us into silence and submission, and we must show them that they cannot repress us. We must show them that they do not scare us. We must be so loud that their hatred is silenced, and so brave until they are too insignificant for anyone to be afraid of.

Join the discussion. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below on the events that took place over the weekend. How do they make you feel? And how will you stand against it? How will you fight for equality?

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  • Agree we need to stand as one. We are like brothers and sisters. Be yourself don’t let others change the person you are. My prayers goes to all people out there

    Zahra on

  • I completely agree with this post. We can’t fight such hate with silence but we also can’t fight it with love nor hatred. It’s up to us now to speak up. History can’t repeat itself and it’s up to us to avoid it.

    Noran on

  • I love this!!! Definitely something we need at this time when especially Muslims and other groups more secluded than ever and more wanting to hide away. Do what you always do, do not let them tear you down!!!

    Summer on

  • Such a real post. Thanks for sharing. We must stand up to these acts of cowardice. An attack on any minority is an attack on us all!

    Sarah H. on

  • Agreed, kind actions speak louder. It was unfortunate to see all the hateful acts, my prayers go out to all those who have been impacted.

    Sam on

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