I’m Not Gonna Be Forced Out Because I’m a Muslim, Rashida Tlaib
Rashida Tlaib recalls facing racial discrimination in the Michigan Legislature and how she saw it as a challenge to continue fighting for women and the Muslim community.
RASHIDA TLAIB: You're a member of the legislature and you're sitting in committee. And you know, your own chairman says, oh, can I see your birth certificate? After all you were doing was offering an amendment to say, you know, I would like cultural integration programs for our social service agencies.
I'm a product of that. I was born in this country. I'm a product of these services. And he said, well, can I see your birth certificate? And I thought to myself, wow. He can't get rid of me, though. It really bothers him I'm here.
I'm not going to be forced out just because I'm Muslim and because I'm Arab. I'm going to be pushing that line and showing people that if you work hard enough, if you love your community enough, you can do whatever the heck you want. I don't care what anybody says, or what these stereotypes out there about us.