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This Spoken Word Poem About Immigration And Racism Will Give You Chills

Her piece was about being a Sikh woman in Australia, and let's just say, people really loved it.

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The 21-year-old feminist activist took to the stage and described the bigotry faced by members of the Sikh community in the country. She explains that they've been called "terrorists" and told to "go home" on numerous occasions.

Since it was uploaded, Khalsa’s performance has been viewed more than 400,000 times and been shared more than 8,000 times.

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In case you didn't get all that, here's the transcribed text:


"If you're not in Australia, 'where the bloody hell are ya?' Remember the Bingle jingle, inviting the world to mix and mingle?

Where a fair go was your welcome mat, unless you're of caramel descent and then ain't nobody got time for that.
You see, rocking up for my first job at Coles, was like a scene from Border Patrol.

What makes you Australian?

Is it a Southern Cross Tattoo or wombat stew crumbled with a Dunkaroo?

Do you think of a time when Australia's learnt to share and care and dare to wear its heart on its face, fully aware that most of us in this place are far from fair, but brown and black and slow to attack?

But quick to embrace a warm Australia.

I'm confused as to why, on Australia Day, when the night sky spews bigot bile, I'm left traumatised.

When a teen rips off my uncle's turban, I'm an enraged flame of pain and shame and sorrow, for tomorrow when a hooning ute throws a rotten peach at my dad and screams 'go home, ya bloody terrorist.'

I plead to you Lara , where the bloody hell are we?

My people, the Sikhs, came here in 1860 with camels and carts and courageous hearts and look at the maxi Taxi, we're still driving and steering this country in offices and hospitals and even on stage.

So when people tell me and my family to go home to where we came from, I reply with a smile, tongue-in-cheek, 'mate, we've been right at home for the past 150 years!'

I'm not the one that's a freak, I'm fully Sikh."

Kelly Osbourne, one of the judges on the show, even tweeted in support of Khalsa.

@SukhjitKhalsa I bow down to you and your braveness.

Khalsa told BuzzFeed that she uses spoken word poetry because it merges both her passions – the performing arts and social/political justice.

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"It provides a unique platform to speak honestly from the heart and share personal experiences in an entertaining/educative way," she added.

And since her performance went viral, Khalsa has received a flood of positive comments.

Tears and notifications. Thank you Australia! #augottalent #fullySikh #papabear

"I was so unbelievably overwhelmed with the amount of support and love from all over the world," Khalsa told BuzzFeed. "I honestly didn't expect to go viral that quickly. However I am thankful that the message is out there because it's about time we confront issues that make us uncomfortable," she added.