#BeingBlackAndMuslim highlights the complexities of this dual identity

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 09: Nation of Islam members chat while waiting for Minister Louis Farrakhan to deliver a speech at Mosque Maryam Novermber 09, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. During his address Farrakhan praised President-elect Barack Obama and said his ele
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CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 09: Nation of Islam members chat while waiting for Minister Louis Farrakhan to deliver a speech at Mosque Maryam Novermber 09, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. During his address Farrakhan praised President-elect Barack Obama and said his ele
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Black Muslims created the #BeingBlackAndMuslim hashtag this week, where social media users honored their history, shared their personal stories and talked about the complexities of their intersectional identities.

In dozens of tweets, Black Muslims talk about facing anti-black and Islamophobic sentiments and violence. Other black Muslims say that their community is rendered invisible or underrepresented in media coverage of Islam. Take a look at several of the tweets.

Black Muslims are one of the largest communities within Muslims in the United States, according to Pew Research. In fact, some of the first Muslims to ever step foot on American soil were black.

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