Tahirah Amatul-Wadud’s political ambition doesn’t look like a do or die affair, but more like a course for humanity.
The Black Muslim attorney, debuts her political career on a good note, contesting for an office within Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District.
Tahirah’s campaign objectives are the basic need of the people of Massachusetts – ranging from quality living conditions, advocating for criminal justice reform, Medicare for all and universal internet access.
The Black mother of seven has Black people she looks up to. “I look at Kamala Harris as a Black woman,” she says of the senator from California, in describing how she develops her campaign message.
“I look at Stacey Abrams as a Black woman, Keith Ellison and Andre Carson as Muslims, President Obama as a Black man, Elizabeth Warren as a white woman, Maura Healey as a white woman ― particularly, both of them representing Massachusetts,” she said, listing the Georgia gubernatorial candidate, the Minnesota and Indiana congressmen, the former president, the Massachusetts senator and the Massachusetts attorney general, respectively. “I pay really close attention to what they do, how they communicate, what they say, and I’m just creating my own kind of formula.”
In an interview with HuffPost, Tahirah says her case is different as a Black, as she’s not challenged with color. She says in her platform which has a very large number of whites is pretty solid and resonates with the people who are giving her campaign life.
On the religious challenges that have overtime been debated about her, Tahiran says she has no religious problem in any way, as she’s cognizance and knows where the question is popping from. She went further to reveal how she was born in a Christian home, and how her parents later converted to Muslims.
By virtue of education and experience, it appears like Tahirah doesn’t have any challenge with working with the Whites. She says, “I’ve always navigated in spaces where I’m the only person like me and that a lot of the spaces I’m in are predominantly white. And I explain that there’s a universality to my story, and my message and the platform that allows people to appreciate me beyond my race. And that’s true. I just got an endorsement from a group called Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution. Franklin County is a district that is nearly 100 percent white. And that endorsement didn’t come randomly. I worked for that.”
Debuting her political career by contesting in Massachusetts, Tahirah says the position the District congressional representative Richard Neal found himself spurred out her interest. According to her, he didn’t know how to address the need of the people when Donald Trump emerged the President of the country.
As someone who’s a lawyer and has done some volunteer works for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, her experience ignites her interest to address burning issues in the community in ways nobody else has done in the past. Tahirah says she then realized her kids were more at risk than any other children. She added that knowing that her husband life including her children’s are fragile, she just knew her campaign has something to address in that aspect.
She proceeded further to say 2015 and 2016 was her most transformational years, knowing the danger her children were and her husband. She stressed that the said years were years police brutality led to the murder of Black men and it was serious at the time.
Tahira says everytime she has the opportunity to talk about racism, she’s always warmly welcomed. She says “Very well. Universally well. I have never had a person come up to me and say I was alienating or wrong.”
Tahira says her winning is guaranteed as she’s amplifying the needs of so many people throughout the district and throughout the country.