A college graduate has gone viral after she snatched the microphone from a faculty member who didn’t allow her to say her full name during graduation.
Kadia Iman, who is an aspiring Popstar, took matters into her own hands and snatched the microphone back to have her “moment.”
Watch the viral clip below.
Kadia took to TikTok to later explain:
Basically, what happened was I was walking on and we had to say our names before we get on the stage.
So, I was saying my name and she literally – my name is long obviously I have like three syllables in my name…
So, I didn’t even get to finish saying my name. And then the people that went before me they all got to say their name, their major, and even extras.
Me and another girl noticed that she was pulling the mic down super fast for some Black people – I don’t want to be that person, but that was the tea.
So, I just couldn’t let her…I just couldn’t let that happen. I just feel like I worked so hard to graduate and went through so much s**t to graduate that I just felt like I had to reclaim my moment.
I’m sorry. I’m not a problematic person. I don’t want to ruined no one’s day. I don’t want to violate anybody.
But, that’s what she did. She didn’t even let me finish speaking.
She put the mic down, cut me off, and that was the only time I was able to speak.
So, I just feel like that wasn’t right.
While you may or may not agree with how Kadia Iman handled this situation this isn’t the first instance where Black students were discriminated against or denied their diplomas for nonsense during their graduations.
You recall that Hafsah Abdur-Rahman was one of four Philadelphia high school graduates who were denied a diploma after she did the griddy dance across the stage.
Salima Birch was also denied her diploma for simply flipping her hair.
Watch the news report below.
I am fully aware that institutions have various rules regarding graduation, but it appears that the goalpost continues to move when it comes to Black students.
I imagine Kadia Iman was emotionally charged on the day of her college graduation.
She shared in another TikTok video that no one came to her graduation.
So, this moment was hers to cherish.
I’m not saying what she did was right or wrong…but, I understand.