Is this for real? “Nice Muslims like you?” Seriously? Statements such as that imply a generalization toward an entire religion. You’re responsible for how you feel. If you feel “terrified” that’s on you, not on her. I certainly hope no one ever implies that because I’m an American I agree with your hateful rhetoric. I do not and I would never appreciate being generalized as so. I’m assuming you’re American. If so, I’m embarrassed for you and disappointed you would represent my country in such a way.

It’s your attitude that allows her every right to feel the way she does. No matter what other countries may be like it does not make it acceptable for her to be treated badly or unfairly in America.

Beautifully written Hilal. While I can’t say I fully share your experience I have experienced similar feelings when SB1070 was passed in Arizona. I refuse to prove my citizenship because I shouldn’t have to. I and many others felt it violated our rights as natural born citizens and although a federal court stripped certain elements from the bill it didn’t remove the fact that we were governed by ignorant officials, Governor Brewer and Sheriff Joe Arpaio specifically.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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