Why I am not a Woman of Colour

A Roller In The Ocean

Holy Quran; Verse 13, chapter 49

Translation (Yusuf Ali):

 O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).

In the recent days and weeks I have had various conversations on Twitter regarding race, specifically what terms should be used to describe people. “Person of colour (PoC)” is an American term which is now being used increasingly here too. According to this “classification” the population of the world is divided into “PoC” and “Whites”. I have great trouble with this division of people and I explain why below.

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