This is a poem for the people who want me to fail and don’t understand why I’m still here.
To be non-binary is to be outside the traditional gender norms of the binary concept of man and woman. I’m telling you this because the world seems obsessed with my body.
It’s not okay to get white people to play black people. It’s not okay to look at the colour of a real, human being’s skin, and just pick the most palatable shade and then colour them in a bit. These actors may be no Rachel Dolezal, but they’re not a substitution for someone’s identity. Hollywood just can’t get it right.
I have only been praised when it has seemed non-threatening. I can only be congratulated if I am a modest mouse who shies away from everything I have achieved, and disowns it, choosing to cower in the shadow and accept that I am just a stupid girl who was lucky that her parents let her do things. I am ambitious, and I am not going to apologise for it.
I shouldn’t have to feel like my voicing anything but a condemnation of ISIS means I’m a prime target for radicalisation. I am more than just a Muslim who condemns ISIS.