Friday 18 October 2013

Identity Questions

On the way back from school, after the school's Eid Party, the girls were excitedly telling me all what they had been up to: henna, Eid cards, musical statues, cake...
The following conversation ensued with five-year old BK2 and eight-year old BK1.

BK2: "James and Issa say I can't be Muslim!"
Me: "Why??"
BK2: "They say I can't be Muslim because my skin is not brown!"
Me: "Oh, what did you reply?"
BK2: "I said I am Muslim, even if my skin is white!"
BK1: "That's true mum, some boys in my class believe that only people with dark skin can be Muslim"
Me: "What do you think?"
BK1: "It is not true, we are muslims and white"
BK2: "I said I am a Muslim Christian, because we celebrate Eid and Christmas, because of you and papa"
BK1: "No, we are Muslim, and we are 1/4 Algerian, 1/4 French, 1/4 German and 1/4 English!"

Conclusion: every child in this story is getting nationality, religion, culture and race mixed up!

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