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Though Islamophobia has been prevalent in the news most recently because of Donald Trump’s racist antics, the battle against it is not a new one. In 2004, France prohibited their Muslim students from wearing traditional Islamic hijabs in school. It was this injustice, among many others, that propelled Amirah Sackett into action in 2011.
With the help of fellow dancers Iman and Khadijah, Sackett created the hip-hop dance group We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic. The talented ladies perform dressed in niqab and high-top sneakers. With the group, Sackett had a dream of changing the dialogue about Muslim women. “I wanted to educate others and reflect the beauty that I know and love in Muslim women,” said Sackett. “Yes, there are oppressed women in the Muslim world. Women are oppressed the world over. These are our mutual struggles.”
This powerful trio demonstrates their talent as well as their cultural pride every time they hit the stage. Through their rejection of the fallacious stereotypes of what a hijab or niqab is and what kind of woman wears them. The women remind the world that far from facilitating oppression, the hijab allows the Muslim woman to fully embrace her inner strength and beauty.