Ilhan Omar talks about Islamophobia and her journey to making history
- 08 November 2018
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Once a Somali refugee who migrated to the US as a teenager, Ilhan Omar is now headed to the US House of Representatives. The 36-year-old Representative from Minnesota joined Rashida Tlaib of Michigan as the first two Muslim women to gain seats in Congress.
On Wednesday, Ilhan appeared on The View to share her experiences of Islamophobia; her journey so far as a black woman, a refugee and an immigrant; and what it means to her to win a prestigious seat in Congress.
“Once we are in positions to have conversations with people, it makes it hard for them to hate us up close, and that is what our triumph and our victory is really about,” Ilhan said.
Congresswoman-elect @IlhanMN, who will be the first Somali-American to win a seat in Congress, discusses the discrimination she faced: "Once we are in positions to have conversations with people, it makes it hard for them to hate us up close." https://t.co/Vb06yo6qbQpic.twitter.com/MdOlHxcgNE— The View (@TheView) November 8, 2018
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