Where else but the New York Times?
To the Editor:
Rarely have I felt that my identity was such a liability as I do these days. Born to East African Muslim parents of Indian descent, I can hardly say that I am removed from the ramifications of prejudice and racism that this failed attack on New York will bring.
It makes me all the more upset because if you talk to anyone who knows me, despite my being born in Canada, New York is where my heart lies. I am writing to express my frustration about what this means for the rest of us.
I hope that we do not return to those frightening days post-9/11 when fear justified stereotyping based on color and religion.
Or, as the famous headline says, “Muslims fear backlash from tomorrow’s train bombing.”