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I shift uncomfortably, choosing my words carefully. I would later learn about internalized racism and conditioning and how this shapes our preferences and self-worth. By the time I graduated from high school, I did not find Bangladeshi men attractive – only white guys were cute.We met when were both in our early twenties working as community organizers in Washington, D. He grew up in a well-to-do family in an idyllic community just outside of D. They had oil paintings on the wall, candlesticks on the dining table, and ordered steak through the mail. I helped unwrap heirloom ornaments for their Christmas tree.During those years, I was also learning about what it means to be a person of color and how white supremacy plays out in the U. In the petri dish of our relationship, I noticed how his white privilege compared to my lack thereof. Though it was comforting to be in a relationship, I still had to explain a lot of what it meant for me to feel exoticized, persecuted, and marginalized.

He embodied privilege: white privilege, class privilege, gender privilege, education privilege. Nod when they note the Third World poverty of your motherland.

I was the girl that guys would talk to so that they could get closer to my pretty best friends.

But your situation seems so difficult.” I side-eye him. Of course, I never acted on my crush – dating was haram, and my parents would never allow it. As a brown girl, I wasn’t attractive to these boys either. I was always the sidekick to the pretty girls – the geeky, nerdy, student government, asexual, “other” Muslim brown girl.

The thing was, as a child of immigrants in the 80s, the good Bangladeshi Muslim boys in my age range were few and far between.

I was going to be looking at him the rest of my life.” Whenever I asked her who was I supposed to marry, she’d always say it’d be an arranged marriage like hers – to a good Bangladeshi Muslim boy.

He embodied privilege: white privilege, class privilege, gender privilege, education privilege. Nod when they note the Third World poverty of your motherland. I was the girl that guys would talk to so that they could get closer to my pretty best friends. But your situation seems so difficult.” I side-eye him. Of course, I never acted on my crush – dating was haram, and my parents would never allow it. As a brown girl, I wasn’t attractive to these boys either. I was always the sidekick to the pretty girls – the geeky, nerdy, student government, asexual, “other” Muslim brown girl. The thing was, as a child of immigrants in the 80s, the good Bangladeshi Muslim boys in my age range were few and far between. I was going to be looking at him the rest of my life.” Whenever I asked her who was I supposed to marry, she’d always say it’d be an arranged marriage like hers – to a good Bangladeshi Muslim boy.We were chatting during happy hour at the annual conference where we meet and catch up. Her white veil cascades over her off-shoulder wedding dress. He’s surrounded by folks holding beers or dancing, and behind that the Washington Monument is framed in a picture window.