'Black Panther' shows Muslims too, can escape tokenism

March 12, 2018

Published in The New Arab


When I was six years old, I still didn't understand the effect representation - or lack thereof, could have.I didn't know what it meant that only I or my Malaysian best friend was allowed to play with the other girls in class; we had to take shifts as the designated brown girl allowed in the social group.


I didn't know what it meant, two years later when Wannabe was what every little girl in my class re-enacted during playtime, that I was only ever permitted to be Posh Spice – or Scary Spice if I so desired - a role that was perennially unfilled in my rural Welsh school.


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