The Irish singer-songwriter formerly known as Sinead O’Connor first found fame in the late ’80s with a hit debut album, The Lion and the Cobra. She’s been gaining fame ever since, sometimes aided and sometimes hindered by the occasional burst of controversy. So it’s not entirely surprising that O’Connor, after her conversion to Islam and changing her name to Shunada’ Davitt, has now announced via Twitter that she never wants to spend time with white people ever again.
In order to really analyze the situation, we have to look at the specifics. First, her tweet itself.
“I’m terribly sorry. What I’m about to say is something so racist I never thought my soul could ever feel it,” she wrote. “But truly I never wanna spend time with white people again (if that’s what non-muslims are called). Not for one moment, for any reason. They are disgusting.”
Davitt also openly wondered if Twitter would ban her post, which probably should have been a sign that she shouldn’t have posted it. There is nothing enlightened about this sort of opinion, or any opinion that uses race to define the actions and values of an entire group of distinct, individual people.
Davitt’s conversion to Islam was a complete shock to many of her fans. She announced it via social media just last month, and now has been seemingly trying to embrace what she believed was the Muslim way of life.
Unfortunately, many Muslims refuted her very claims and denounced her for making them in the name is Islam.
“So you convert to Islam and now you don’t want to spend time with white people?” wrote one disappointed fan. “If you really think that you’re an embarrassment to Islam, and I for one would not want you tarnishing my religion with this hate speech.”
“You’re white,” added another. “Becoming a Muslim and putting on a hijab doesn’t suddenly make you brown. Stop being such an idiot and generalizing an entire population – one which you fall under yourself.”
Davitt seems to be clinging onto whichever identity she can at this point, after having dealt with mental health issues for much of her life. She has discussed the sexual abuse her mother inflicted on her as a child in the past, and it seems to have understandably impacted her life in a very sad and negative way.
The mother-of-four has children with four different men, not uncommon for celebrities both then and now. In August 2016, Davitt had recently lost custody of her 13-year-old son. She posted a terrifying 12-minute-long video on social media threatening to kill herself. Keep in mind – this happened just two years ago.
Thankfully, she received the care she needed to get out of that spiral. Davitt seems confident in her newfound Muslim faith, despite the negative backlash online to her comments.
“This is the natural conclusion of any intelligent theologian’s journey,” she said back in late October. “All scripture study leads to Islam. Which makes all other scriptures redundant.”
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