Pictures of Muslims Wearing Things is a good way to point out the fact that Muslims are Just Like Us. What it isn’t, though, is what the creator intended it to be, which is a refutation “that there is such a thing as ‘Muslim garb’ or a Muslim look.”
What Juan Williams said, which is what got him fired from NPR and what inspired this website, was that what scared him in an airplane were “[…] people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
I’m not saying that I think it was appropriate that he shared that fear on national television, on a channel that is known for having a conservative and often racist, sexist, and Islamophobic slant. I am saying, though, that Pictures of Muslims Wearing Things doesn’t respond to the content of what Williams said, which is that he was afraid of people who chose to wear items of clothing that represented their religious beliefs in an overt and obvious manner that was not consistent with mainstream fashion, and in a way that is not comparable to the “normal” clothing shown in all of the pictures on the new Tumblr site. While jeans and t-shirts can be “Muslim garb” just like it can be “white garb” and “Hispanic garb,” hijabs and burqas are only Muslim garb. Williams didn’t say he was afraid of Muslims in jeans and t-shirts; he said he was afraid of people in an airport who were dressed first and foremost in a way that identified them immediately as Muslims.