Sapelo Square and Maydan have collaborated to publish “The Great Debate: Critical Race Theory and Muslims,” a series of essays that examine Critical Race Theory through the lens of Black Muslims and Black Muslim communities in the United States. We envisioned this series as both a response to heated public debates about the merits of Critical Race Theory and as an examination of the discourse around race, racism and social politics in Muslim spaces, or the lack thereof.
Su’ad Abdul Khabeer (Sapelo Square Senior Editor), Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu (Editor-in-Chief, Maydan) and I sat down to discuss why this series was important, what Critical Race Theory adds to Muslim spaces, the imagined chasm between academia and the streets and how to have constructive conversations as a community.
Thank you to Dr. Youssef Carter, Stephen Jamal Leeper and Dr. Kayla Wheeler for taking this journey with us. Happy Black History Month, y’all!
Kamilah A. Pickett (Sapelo Square)
Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu (Maydan)