In Person: Linda Sarsour

By Ahsan, Kamil | In These Times, September 2017 | Go to article overview

In Person: Linda Sarsour


Ahsan, Kamil, In These Times


LINDA SARSOUR, a Palestinian-American activist, was a co-chair of the Women's March on Washington. In These Times spoke to Sarsour in July, after Breitbart News published an edited clip of her speech before the Islamic Society of North America, sparking a torrent of online abuse against her.

Right-wing media is up in arms that you used the word "jihad" in your speech-which, of course, just means "struggle." You were speaking about the struggle against oppression. Why did you choose to use this term?

My intention was to quote authentic scripture, which I have every right to do in the land of religious freedom. I want American Muslims to be unapologetic about who we are. I'm tired of both Muslim extremists and right-wing extremists defining ourreligion.

What is it like to be one of the most visible Muslim organizers in the country?

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism, but for me, dissent is dangerous. …

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