Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s autobiography answers her own question, by The Mocker.
“If I were to think about … injustice too hard I would wallow in pity and all-consuming anger,” wrote media personality Yassmin Abdel-Magied in her autobiography Yassmin’s Story: Who Do You Think I Am?. That was in 2016, and it would be another year before the then 24 year old’s controversial Anzac Day Facebook post ‘Lest We Forget: (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine)’ appeared.
At that time, Abdel-Magied had been living a life of privilege. Born in Sudan, she, along with her family, left a third-world dictatorship and found refuge in Australia, thanks to the generosity of a Christian family. A bright student, she studied engineering and graduated with first-class honours. As an African Muslim migrant woman, she rated highly on the intersectionality scoreboard, and was feted as a success story. She hosted an ABC television show, and gave frequent interviews to the media. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade paid for her to travel throughout Africa to plug her book. Yassmania, you might say.
Last week she endorsed a call from Sally Rugg, a former GetUp! director and Incoming Change.org national director, for thousands of people to tweet “Lest we forget (Manus)” on Anzac Day. “Do it,” tweeted Magied. It appears the only thing she is truly sorry for is the loss of her taxpayer-funded tiara. …
As a 15-year-old, Magied began giving speeches as an activist, but she acknowledged she played to the audience. “I’m ashamed to say that I embellished my problems with discrimination and being accepted in society to gain approval from the Socialist Alliance group,” she wrote. “I played up to their expectations in my speech, when we were protesting and at any opportunity.” You could say not much has changed. …
“My preferred modus operandi is to minimise fuss, to ‘wear’ it, to weather the storm and then rebuild from the wreckage,” she writes. Again, bear in mind this was written in 2016. Not bad coming from someone who has built a new career on perpetual wailing. But this last excerpt is the prize gem: “It does frustrate me that I now have a public profile built on the assumption that I enjoy outrage.”
So, Yassmin, in regards to your question Who Do You Think I Am, the answer is obvious, and it is to be found in the significant difference between your words and your actions. For pity’s sake, please stop the yassmoaning.