Linda Sarsour: Stereotype breaker

Linda Sarsour's Picture Linda Sarsour at an Islamophobia Discussion with Ingrid Mattson, and Imam Zaid Shakir. Festival of Faiths, 19 May 2016. Source.

If you have watched the news or read any newspaper there is a chance that you have heard of Linda Sarsour. She is a Muslim activist who is and has been advocating for reforms in immigration policies. She was partially responsible for eradicating "sophisticated surveillance" of Muslim Communities in New York by the Police. Moreover, she has successfully co-organized the Women's March in 2017, which had over 500,000 attendees in Washington DC alone. She is also a firm believer of intersectional feminism, which is also one of the posters in the New York Historical Society Exhibitions. Along her political involvement, she has worked with the City Hall of New York to close public schools on two of the most important days in the Muslim Community, Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Adha. Be being such a politically active Muslim woman, she has helped shatter the stereotype of a Muslim woman always staying in the backgrund or always scared. Finally, she is deeply invloved in the Black Lives Matter movement and has helped organize a march from New York to Washington in honor of Eric Garner, Akai Gurley and other black men killed by the police.

Unlike any other activist Sarsour has her share of controversies surrounding her. Her protests against the current administration has led to a number of right-wing news outlets such as: Fox News,RealClearPolitics and more. While Sarsour has a right to defend herself, the people against her opinions might have had experiences that led to them to their own conclusions. All in all, Sarsour continues to be one of the trailblazers for the Muslim community and one of the most renowned activists of our time.

Women's March 2017 Crowds at the Women's March on Washington, March 2017. Source.