Discussions of Islam, Afghanistan and Politics.
January 27th
5:10 PM

I have an issue with people trying to link physical features they perceive to be European or Anglo-Saxon to an inevitable European influence on the rest of the world. Like, “you have green eyes, you must be mixed”.

I have a lot of family that has green or blue eyes or light hair and they always get asked “are you half-white? How come you don’t look Afghan?”, as though there is only one Afghan look. Afghans are among the most diverse people on the planet, if not the most diverse. We have a vast variation in facial features, skin colors, ethnicities and religions. Much of that is just due to Afghanistan’s location in the middle of Asia, historically connecting different civilizations and being along the Silk Road. People interact with one another, it’s not just a euro-centric “black and white” world in which any deviation from the generic “brown person” stereotype in “Them” must be attributed to some interaction with “Us”.

It’s almost to say, “Wow you fit into our ideals of beauty that is probably because you have ancestors that were our people”. Nah, people of color can very well have features other than brown skin, brown eyes and black hair and that is not because you people have blessed us with your superiority gene but because such features aren’t unique to only your people.

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