I am a Muslim woman in a America. Depending on where you live you may commonly see us, or it may be a rare occurrence. Some of us are more readily identifiable than others—those of us who choose to wear the hijab/khimar/head scarf. I’ll spare yall the ‘I am not oppressed’ speech. Suffice it to say I love hijab. And so do oodles and oodles of other women. Don’t believe me? Check. It. Out.
That said, wearing a head scarf—every day, not just when its cold out or when you’re having a bad hair day—can illicit some reactions that can start to
grate tap dance all of the above on your nerve. I mean some folks are down right rude; “Why you got that thang on yo’ head?” **lip curled into a Nicki Minaj-esque scowl like I just stole their bike**
But I think I almost prefer that to the species of on-lookers I like to call overly-fascinated-annoyingus.
“Oh my God!” **making a swirl around their head hand motion** “What is this? It is so gorgeous! I love how you have that wrapped up there!”
At this point I’m like Eddie Murphy in Coming to America. In the scene outside the bathroom. At the stadium. During intermission. “Yes, yes but you are going to spill your beverages”. In other words calm down. I mean you’d think I had this kind of affair going on on my head:
There really is nothing to it. It’s just an oblong length of fabric and you just kinda drape it over your head. If you can put a table-cloth on a table, you can do this. Griping aside, I know Muslim head covering is not that commonplace for everyone and most people’s reactions are genuine. For yall I’ll maintain my Southern girl perma-grin and answer warmly and kindly. “It’s called a khimar. I wear it because I’m Muslim” 😀
And now the real stars. The books: