I had the absolute pleasure of being able to sit and talk to Zainab Merchant via phone call for this weeks podcast. Zainab is a Muslim journalist, studying at Harvard. She is also an author, mother of three, and the creator of Chipakly which is a media outlet that showcases justice and creativity.
You may recognize Zainab from a viral video. When Merchant travels to an airport she is constantly questioned and sustained for hours. She has has all of her belongings checked such as laptop, cellphone, and even her Facebook friend list. Zainab has also had very uncomfortable body searches.
Zainab mentions many inspiring things in our conversation, but one that really stuck out to me was her message to Muslims enduring the harsh racism and pressures of the world. It is really important to remember that you can do anything you set your mind too.
Here is a link to ACLU’s YouTube post on Zainab.
You can also catch Zainab on Instagram here! https://www.instagram.com/zainabrights/
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