Hello, I am a grade 9 student. I think the things that Omar Offendum is doing are very commendable. By rapping about the events going on within the Arab Spring, he is raising awareness about the Arab Spring. Also, by paying homage to the revolution and people involved in it, he is encouraging people to stand up for what they believe in. He is also encouraging people to try to make things better, even though in this case they did not necessarily get better. I strongly agree with the decisions to feature him in interviews with PBS, Al Jazeera, and Rolling Stone, and with the decisions to have him perform at Colorado College on Martin Luther King Day and at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum because it will definitely raise even more awareness. Since pop culture is such a big industry all around the world, why not use it for good causes such as this one? This could draw much attention to Offendum, and the Arab Spring. I also think Offendum deserves respect for explaining to people that stereotypes about Arabians are not true for many people, speaking out about how “we're not terrorists, we're not extremists, we're not this or that. Instead I tell people what it is that we are, and why we're so proud of our culture, our heritage and our background." In general, I strongly support Offendum and his intentions.
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