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No More Stereotypes

On Buzzfeed I read this article called, “Hijab-Wearing Teen Hopes To Break Stereotypes, Win Miss Minnesota USA” by Talal Ansari. The article is about this teenage Somali-American girl who participated and won in a pageant and wore a burkini on her head. Her name is Halima Aden, who will be competing at the 2017 Miss competition. Aden has never done anything like this before, but she wanted to make people to break the stereotype of Muslim-Americans, Somali-Americans and Muslim women. People tend to think all Muslims are terrorists and that is untrue. She told the TV station, “I think part of the problem is they’re not interacting with people who are Somali.” She wanted to make a difference by making people aware that they are not all the same. We constantly stereotype people. Mostly, out of habit. But if it goes further, its prejudice and after that, it’s discrimination. She thinks that everyone is beautiful and we should all embrace it. I just thought this was a great article and wanted to share this with you guys. Halima Aden’s favorite subject is history and she for sure made history at the pageant!

Source: Hijab-Wearing Teen Hopes To Break Stereotype

 P.S. sorry about all the Buzzfeed blogs, I just find the articles interesting and want to share them!

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  • I saw this article on Facebook and it really made me happy. I think it's really cool of her that she went out of her comfort zone and did this to make a difference and show other girls that it's okay to be different.
  • I love the fact that she is doing this, I agree that we are quick to make stereotypes about different races too. I hope it does more good than cause controversy.
  • I think it's awesome she wanted to break these stereotypes! It really does take a strong individual to go out against them. It might take a long time to get rid of these prejudices because that's how our society is, but it's important people take steps like this to change them around.
  • Well she is doing a good effort, but this won't work to get rid of it. The reason why is because, people are scared, and don't like to change the way they think. It is basically a human instinct. It was used to keep us alive, but now it also does things like that.
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