Malala Yousafzai has just released her memoir, titled “I am Malala,” a phrase that has been invoked around the world as a symbol for the right of girls to be educated. Now 16, she sat down with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” to talk about her journey. The part of the interview that is getting a lot of attention is her answer to his question about what she would do if a Taliban gunman approached her again. The Taliban has, in fact, said it would target her again if it got the chance.
"I used to think that a Talib would come and he would just kill me. But then I said, "If he comes, what would you do Malala? Then I would reply myself that, Malala, just take a shoe and hit him. But then I said, If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others that much cruelty and that much harshly. You must fight others, but through peace, and through dialogue, and through education. Then I said, I’ll tell him how important education is, and that I even want education for your children as well. And I would tell him, That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.”
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