Hind Makki, co-Founder of MuslimARC (Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative) joins us this episode to talk about her background and racism within the American Muslim community. Even though Islam preaches equality for all, unfortunately a vast amount of ignorance still exists within the Muslim communities all across America. MuslimARC was created to provide education, outreach and advocacy to anyone who needs it. Only through education can we extinguish the fire of ignorance and MuslimARC is doing a great job towards putting out that fire.
About Hind Makki
The daughter of African immigrants to the American Midwest, Hind has long been interested in understanding the impact of migration, race, religion on shaping the development of Western Muslim consciousness. She has worked extensively within the American Muslim community on civic engagement, interfaith dialogue and leadership development and has traveled throughout the United States and Western Europe, leading workshops on social cohesion through interfaith action and dialogue.
Hind grew up in a somewhat insular, mainly Arab American, Muslim community in suburban Chicago, where the mosque was an integral part of her childhood. When over 300 people marched on that mosque on the evening of the September 11 attacks, Hind was motivated to work toward interfaith cooperation in her community. In her writings, Hind often explores how religious pluralism in secular democracies intersects with race, class and access to social and political capital for minority communities. She is a fan of popular culture, female characters in dystopian novels, international sport and good, non-pretentious literature.*