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  • from the day I was born, my parents killed in me that I had the ability to change the world.

  • And for the longest time, I really believed it.

  • When I was in fifth grade, I ran for student body president because I wanted to prove that it was possible.

  • So from 11 year old extra, I said, because I want to show the world that women do have purpose, I want to show the world that woman do have value.

  • And with that sentiment, I ended up winning the presidency.

  • Um, and with that same when I ended up becoming the token activists, the politically correct police, um, and the angry black girl I joined debate when I was in sixth grade and whatever I was in class, I would always talk about social issues because for me, it wasn't my idea.

  • My mom is an organizer, and for as long as I can remember, I'd be going to protests or rallies or campaign events even in like the first grade.

  • Um, and we would talk about community issues and political campaigns at the dinner table.

  • So for me, being politically and socially aware was the norm.

  • So when someone says something offensive or problematic.

  • You say something, right?

  • Well, I took that to literally I would say something all the time.

  • Um, and kids in my class is used to get super annoyed with me, pointing out everything, even if it was slightly sexist.

  • But, I mean, I was proud of it, you know, I couldn't handle that.

  • Oh, So eventually, people got really annoyed of me being against hyper woke and the titles kept coming in.

  • And I really claimed the title of being the PC police.

  • Um So when I ended up joining and getting involved at the age of 14 after seeing my community and shambles after Mark Clark and Flint Castille died right around, I guess, like 2015 when I was living in Minneapolis, Um, I felt like I could use the like, hyper woke part of my personality to do some real change.

  • And so I did, and I joined everything I was doing.

  • Climate stuff and gun violence prevention.

  • I was doing everything and anything that I could because I felt like I had thio, and also it kind of became my brands.

  • But everybody, I guess, every all the time, black woman always have to be angry, right?

  • So I would get involved.

  • I would do what I always did in middle school.

  • I would call it of justices.

  • And when you join so many white dominated groups, you kind of feel really, really alienated.

  • So I did the same thing again and I kept calling out injustices.

  • Um, so after getting insanely tired of the immense exclusion and the like, complete erasure of black and ground voices and climate spaces and in gun violence stretch in spaces, I kept getting titled as theeighty black girl again.

  • I would always send long paragraphs to our group chats about how I couldn't sit around and stand the fact that I was probably one of the only black faces in a lot of these organizations.

  • And it's messed up because I lived in a pretty diverse city and I went to a predominantly black and brown high school, so I just couldn't accept the fact that all these spaces didn't have anybody who looked like me.

  • So in January of 2019 I had the ability to help co found an organization called the U.

  • S.

  • Is climate strike, and I was barely 16.

  • With this organization, I kind of used it as a way Thio and the Eurasia.

  • After being in the climate space for about two years, it felt really hard.

  • Um, and so I tried Thio create the most diverse space that I could because I felt like I needed to.

  • And when you first step in to the client movement, or when you think about climate justice, you don't necessarily think of people who look like me.

  • You think of like conservation or like polar bears.

  • When in reality you know, the climate crisis is lives, It's thinks it's like liberation.

  • Or that's how I think about it.

  • As a person who grew up in a low income household in an inner city, I never had a real connection to nature or anything, and I never went camping.

  • I barely went to the lakes so I could only think of the climate crisis through like the lives of my people back home in Somalia, but also where I'm from in Minneapolis.

  • So I guess I constantly talked about it.

  • I happened to be able to build a platform with the organizing that I did with this amazing organization.

  • And I became the token black time of justice activist who almost always talked about their sexuality.

  • And I guess Intersectionality is the interconnected, cut like interconnectedness of social categorizations.

  • So at the race, with class or sexuality, and I always I always made sure that that was the biggest thing that we talked about, Um, and with every speech or interview or conversation I had, I almost always brought it up for, like, a year, and eventually people start getting tired of it.

  • But I never did, because I knew that it was necessary for, like me to exist in the spaces, but also to create more space for people who look like me and were a lot less force meant that I was, um, with the promise that I have to stand here today.

  • There are hundreds of thousands of young people who don't have that privilege and our suffering right now, and I'm lucky enough to not be experiencing the climate crisis as of right now.

  • But there are so many other people who are, and so I try my best to make sure that nobody else feels that alienation, because after three years of constant feeling unwelcome.

  • I could not stand anybody else feeling with that either.

  • So, um, I took that frustration of being the supposed angry black girl and I attempted to reclaim it.

  • I felt like if I would be labeled as angry, I might as well continue being labeled as angry and use it to defend so many people who did not have that voice.

  • So the theme of this Ted Ted X event is revision.

  • And for me, revising our reasoning, my future and the future of those around me means reclaiming my identity and using that to change the national conversation.

  • So if being an angry black girl means changing the national conversation that I will always and forever be glad to be an angry black girl, Thank you.

from the day I was born, my parents killed in me that I had the ability to change the world.

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The Angry Black Girl | Isra Hirsi | TEDxWakeForestU

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/04/13
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