I took this during the last hour on the last day of early voting. My name, my MUSLIM ETHNIC name was literally ringing from every corner of the poll. Nonstop. By folks that didn't look like me. Folks that don't have my cultural or religious background. Folks that were black, white, Hispanic, old, young, single, married, male, female, straight, LGBTQ, low-income, high income, immigrant, native, and folks that were at varying levels of ability.
I was, and still am, incredibly moved by those moments.
The way these folks were advocating for me, you'd think we were fighting a civil rights battle...like the win would make a mark in history, that it would change everything.
On November 8th, everything did change. President Trump was elected by the nation. His bigoted comments were validated through the win and fear planted in the hearts of the 'different'. But another thing happened too: local advocates - the ones screaming my name to the ends of the polls - got a young, hijabi Muslim women elected to be their voice. A person whose likeness has also never been seen in the U.S. political sphere.
They stood up to make clear their voice was heard. And no matter what happens moving forward, they can rest in peace knowing that, at least at this level, they won the fight.
This is for all of those folks that are fighting the good fight #youthinaction #2016election #hijabi #elected