Community: Meet a Black, Muslim Activist in Bellevue, WA
Interviewer: Lillian Huang; June 6, 2020
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People gather to protest in Seattle (Interviewee).
Could you tell us about yourself and your relationship to the current protests?
Growing up black in Bellevue hasn’t been easy. I have always felt different as I carry many different identities. I am a daughter to two wonderful immigrant parents, a Muslim, and a Black girl. I have experienced my fair share of racism. I have always been active in using my voice to amplify injustice. With the recent horrific unjustified murders of black people, the Black Lives Matter movement has gained a significant amount of recognition by people of all racial backgrounds which I believe is so crucial. I have been lucky enough to be able to attend several marches, and it’s been so heartwarming to see allies using their privilege and standing in front of the police to protect the black people.
"I have always felt different as I carry many different identities."
The question I hear a lot is how can I be an effective ally without going to protests? Well there are many things anyone can do, but I think educating people about the topic is most important. For example, having conversations with your friends and family is one of the most effective ways of educating because it provides a safe space for growth. Another way is using social media as a platform to educate, post something that encourages people to engage and come out of their comfort zone. Along with signing petitions and donating if you can! :)
"... I think educating people about the topic is most important."
I believe that this is a turning point in history, and we need all hands-on deck to put an end to the 400 years of systematic oppression black people have faced in the United States.