As Donald Trump’s talk of a “Muslim registry” went from an abhorrent pipe dream to a potentially pending policy, Japanese Americans have been among the loudest critics of this mass infringement of Muslim American civil liberties. Citing their own experiences with mass incarceration during World War II, Japanese American public figures like George Takei have called out the heinous proposals for a Muslim registry. In Chicago, Muslim and Japanese American groups came together in a show of solidarity on the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombing to speak out against Trump’s calls to register or even incarcerate Muslim Americans.
Answers, then, come from listening to women like hooks. It’s not that women can’t perpetuate oppression— they certainly can, as many feminists have written about before — but since my understanding of masculinity is so tied up with feelings of entitlement, it’s illuminating to hear the perspectives of those with a different kind of socialization. This especially includes Muslim women, Black women, indigenous women, and other women of color. People like Kimberle Crenshaw, whose words taught me that patriarchy can’t be dismantled separately from white supremacy, colonialism, or capitalism. Or the queer women who started and built the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and created a more effective challenge to terrorism than any of the presidential candidates, or any presidential drone strike, has ever produced.