These four Muslim teens from Vermont have a message for people who fear, misunderstand or stereotype them – “Wake Up, America.”
Teen poets Balkisa Abdikadir, Hawa Adam, Kiran Waqar, Lena Ginawi are part of a slam poetry group called Muslim Girls Making Change and they’re using their words to explore their identities, address their experiences & educate people about what it means to be Muslim American.
“In middle school, especially, I wanted to be an average girl so bad. I didn’t want anyone asking me questions or even acknowledging the fact that I am different from them,” Kiran Waqar said.
“This wanting to be ‘normal’ stayed strong until the beginning of 10th grade when I put on the hijab. Now I am a little more comfortable with the stares, the questions and the disapproval prompting me to start to learn more about my culture.”