When Michelle Obama tweeted the picture, above, about the girls kidnapped in Nigeria the internet went into overdrive.
- “OMG Michelle cares as well! Yay!”
- “What a bloody hypocrite. Her, and the political elite don’t really care.”
Let’s make this clear — no one supports Boko Haram’s kidnapping or mistreating anyone, especially children, but I don’t support #BringBackOurGirls being hijacked by the political elite because they don’t really care. The support is for their own political gain.
I refuse to be associated with the political elite. I don’t want their crocodile tears —they only talk about ethics & human rights when it is politically expedient. When it’s their wars that are responsible for killing Muslim children they are silent
Don’t get me wrong — I’m not saying that Boko Haram are a nice bunch of people, but I am saying that the only reason why the political elite choose to support #BringBackOurGirls is because it fits in with their narrative.
They don’t support those causes because having Muslims seen as the victim doesn’t fit into their narrative. It works against their interests. They only speak out or act when Muslims can be painted as the aggressors.
Consider this — when a Muslim does a bad thing it is used as proof of their narrative that Muslims are a threat. Yet when Muslims are the ones suffering they’re referred to by their ethnicity or country — never by their religious identity.
If she was a regular person who may never have heard of other geopolitical issues then yes, I would support her. However, she is the wife of the President of the United States. She isn’t politically unaware. Her, and the political elite’s, “good work” is tainted by their hypocrisy and silence in the face of oppression around the world.
No shit, Sherlock. Of course Muslims are against any form of oppression — I just refuse to allow the political elite to hijack the campaign. That’s why I highlight their hypocrisy and their agenda. That doesn’t mean I condone Boko Haram — it just means that I’m not politically naive, like you.
“You’re accusing the political elite of hijacking #BringBackOurGirls?! You’re the one hijacking it!”
No, hijacking the campaign would be to completely ignore the plight of the girls. I’m only looking to highlight the political elite’s hypocrisy. They jumped on the bandwagon for their own gain and I want to knock them off it. That’s all.
This article was written by Raza Nadim and first appeared on his personal blog