In response to my posting of Debunking the “Islam is Not a Race!” Argument on Facebook, I received the following question.
Since “race” is an imaginary thing anyway, the use of racism seems at the same time apt and inappropriate. Is the author’s message that because we tend to stereotype Muslims the same way we do “races” that this is racism or equal to racism?
I can’t speak for the author of the original piece, but I can speak for myself when I say that the premises behind this question render me unable to choose either answer posited by the asker.
It’s because race is a real thing that criticism of Islam has the potential to become racialized. In other words, it’s not that simple.