A growing number of Muslim Americans have hit the campaign trail ahead of mid-term elections in November – and some are making history in the process. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan is on track to become the first Muslim woman in the US Congress. In addition, congressional candidates Deedra Abboud and Tahirah Amatul-Wadud hope their experience as activists will not only challenge negative perceptions about Muslim American communities but change the political “status quo.”
“I’ve always navigated in spaces where I’m the only person like me and that a lot of the spaces I’m in are predominantly white”, says Amatul-Wadud, a Massachusetts attorney who’s running for a seat in the House of Representatives. “And I explain that there’s a universality to my story, and my message and my platform that allows people to appreciate me beyond my race.”
In this episode, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud joins The Stream alongside Rashida Tlaib and Deedra Abboud to explain the challenges they’ve encountered as Muslim Americans while making their bids for public office.
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