Pronounce Us Correctly

“The way I got here wasn’t learning about me and my culture. The way I got here was learning about you and your culture.”

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hi my name is Munna Abdullahi I’m five
00:08
years old I’m in kindergarten the did
00:11
the other kids did the other kids they
00:13
call me they call me a terrorist I don’t
00:21
know what that means but my mommy Maha
00:23
she calls me smarts the other day we
00:27
went to Walmart to buy food and then a
00:30
guy came by no not in my sky that did
00:35
this one this one was me he he came up
00:39
to us and then and then he grabbed my
00:41
mommy but he got my lawyer by the
00:42
headscarf and in any pulled off me say
00:44
go back go back to where you came from
00:55
I wonder I wonder if he know I was I was
01:07
born in this country where where do I
01:18
where do I go hi my name is Munna
01:24
Abdullahi I’m currently a student at the
01:26
University of Minnesota well my family
01:27
lives three hours away I have three
01:29
white roommates one night I heard one
01:32
say oh she probably got into the
01:34
university so early because she’s still
01:36
Malian and a minority and the university
01:39
wants to display that diversity and I
01:43
stopped her you you see here complaining
01:47
about reverse racism but shouldn’t the
01:49
true real meaning of reverse racism
01:50
really mean no racism and she stopped he
01:53
says whoa crap girl girl girl I was just
02:00
joking why are you so angry you do not
02:08
understand the way I got here was it
02:12
learning about me and my culture the way
02:14
I got here was learning about you and
02:17
your culture do you know how refused to
02:21
wonder how I sue my food every single
02:23
day while knowing my native tongue is
02:25
slowly disappearing do you know is
02:28
African Diaspora just a really really
02:31
nice way of saying disappearing you see
02:33
my beauty is not beauty here my body we
02:36
start to feel shameful for not belonging
02:38
my body is longing so yes I am angry yes
02:41
we are angry and we are tired and we are
02:44
tired we are tired we are tired we are
02:46
tired we are tired we will not rest
02:53
because we were taught that the future
02:57
belongs to those who have prepared for
03:00
it and we have been prepared but ever
03:03
since we stepped into this country you
03:07
see
03:08
the Somali flag is the backbone of the
03:12
night sky for a reason our culture has
03:16
no limits or borders our future has no
03:19
limits or borders so you see we I will
03:25
hold a future people like you never stop
03:27
coming so for future references
03:31
pronounce us correctly Somali
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[Applause]

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