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'As American as Apple Pie': #MyNameIs Hashtag Celebrates Beauty of Diversity After David Perdue's Racist Attack on Kamala Harris

"Let's build an inclusive America," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wa.).

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wa.) looks on during a House Judiciary Subcommittee meeting on July 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wa.) looks on during a House Judiciary Subcommittee meeting on July 29, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images)

Republican Sen. David Perdue willfully mispronounced the name of his Senate colleague and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Friday, and the "incredibly racist" stunt gave rise to the #MyNameIs hashtag on social media over the weekend, which drew attention to the diversity of names found in the U.S. and called for the creation of a more tolerant and inclusive nation. 

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) explained that his name Rohit means "bright light" in Sanskrit, while Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) noted that "Ilham" means "inspiration" in Arabic. 

Omar said that her name "inspired me to lead a life of service to others," and that she, like Khanna, is voting for Harris and her presidential running-mate, Joe Biden. 

"That's right! Righteous Rashida," tweeted Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), explaining the meaning behind the name given to her by her Palestinian father. 

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wa.) noted that her first name, which comes from "prem," a Sanskrit word meaning "love," is frequently mispronounced, as is her last name. 

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"I only mind that when it is done willfully and continuously," Jayapal said. "Let's build an inclusive America."

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a physician, epidemiologist, and public health expert whose 2018 gubernatorial campaign in Michigan was endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), explained the meaning behind his name, Abdulrahman. 

"It means 'devotee of The Most Merciful.' It reminds me how important mercy is in this world."

"For a long time," El-Sayed said, "I thought it meant I couldn't run for office." 

"Then I did," he added, "because my name is as American as apple pie... and baklawa."

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