Abdirizak Bihi

From Video Transcript:

The basic things we have seen is, for any parent – from any faith, from any ethnicity – radicalization is the same. When your son or daughter defines the world “them and us” and every reasoning is based on “us and them” it might not be the whole answer, it could be one of those things, a beginning of one of those things. When you see your son or daughter is not reasoning from different dimensions but there’s a jump “yes, aha!” moment for every issue you talk about which is, the answer is “them and us,” that is really a symptom we have seen across the board. Part of the radicalization is – “your mom will never understand this,” “she’s radicalized by these people,” “she’s not normal,” “she will be angry at you.” So those radicalized kids are already given a strong opinion about you as a parent that you will never understand, that you will be angry, that you will be, that you will freak out, that you will immediately engage the police and law enforcement without having a conversation. So it’s a matter of winning the hearts and minds of those young people. Will the radicalizer be the closest person to your son or daughter while you are marked as an angry parent misunderstanding parent, a parent that might call the police on his or her son rather than having a better conversation? So I think we shouldn’t as parents play into the hands of the radicalizer. We should not be angry, we should not freak out. I think we should sit down with them. These are our children. We are their first love and priority, but we will not be that priority if we will not open our hearts and minds and engage them in conversation. And find those resources of other parents, and find out what to do. Call those numbers, contact those people. So I think that will deny the radicalizer or the gangster or any bad person who is trying to change the mind of our young people into monsters, that will deny them the opportunity to do that, if you get involved in a positive way.