*WARNING: POSSIBLE CAVITY-INDUCING PIECE*
I have a tale to tell. It’s a story about a youngish Muslimah woman of colour who happens to be a football fanatic. Synopsis: She comes across #hijabdesk-worthy Kickstarter initiative and critiques the project of two, privileged, white women working in Africa.
Sounds familiar, right?
You may think you know what happens next: said woman was ignored, as were her comments, questions and suggestions – as many of the voices of WoC are, until a nifty hashtag is unleashed and the “need” for our voices arises. Platforms for people of colour, women in particular, are limited, despite social media exploding from events that infuriate and (deservedly) require critique from minority groups and individuals alike.
But, in this case, you would be wrong.
Getting back to story, the Muslim woman, we’ll call her “Shireen,” was contacted regarding a documentary film project about female footballers in Zanzibar. The project was requesting donations in order to cover filming and production costs.
Shireen saw the tweet, immediately checked out the video, and grimaced. She did a quick Google search on the women. She was pretty mortified at the title of the film: “Veils to Cleats”. *shudder*