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Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour is best known for her role as co-founder of the Women’s March, and this week headed to The Breakfast Club to promote her new autobiography, We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders.
In the book, Sarsour details her life growing up as a Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and how her journey empowered moved her to become a globally recognized activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country.
“Listen. It’s like the right book at the right time, ” she replied to Charlamagne Tha God, who asked her about the book’s title. “It’s exactly what it says. We’re not around to just sit around and watch injustice and watch all the stuff that happens around us and just be like, ‘this just must be how it is.’ The book is basically a call to action.”
Sarsour’s book is currently taking her around the country. Recently, she also sat down with Detroit News, where she explained that she wants everybody to read her book, even far-right extremists, some of her harshest critics.
“Here was a book that I was offering to the world to say ‘Look, you may still read this book and still vehemently disagree with me,'” Sarsour told the news outlet. “But I’m pretty sure if you read this book, you’re not going to walk away saying I’m an evil person. You’re going to say, ‘She’s a mom from Brooklyn. But I disagree with her.’ And that’s cool. This is not a woman who is here to harm our country. She in her own way believes what’s doing is helping.”
You can check out the full interview with The Breakfast Club below.