Post #22: The Pain of Growing Up Muslim in Post-9/11 America


Beautifully poignant piece by a Muslim American who grew up in the shadow of what happened on 9/11. I often wish when people read things like this, they would take a moment to place themselves, or their children, in this context.

It makes me think of that scene in A Time to Kill starring Matthew McConaughey when his character describes in gruesome detail what happened to a black girl who was raped, tortured and left for dead. When he’s finished with all these horrific details, he asks the jurors to now picture that defenseless little girl as white. It was one of those kick in the stomach moments for me.

So please as you read, think about how you or your child would feel if this was their reality.

Mahjabeen Syed: The Pain of Growing Up Muslim in Post-9/11 America

*New readers may wonder why I’m sharing these posts and why they’re numbered. Here’s a link to my post I’m Giving Up HATE, PREJUDICE and INDIFFERENCE for Lent.

And here are my latest 5 posts in the series:

Post #17: Comprehensive List of LGBTQ+ Term Definitions
Post #18: Discussion: Body Positivity in YA – Where’s the Love for Curvy Women?
Post #19: Beyonce in Formation
Post #20: #OscarSoWhite
Post #21: #OwnVoices: Why We Need Diverse Authors in Children’s Literature

*Please remember to leave the sites I post clean. We are here to learn, not debate. Even if you disagree, we need to learn that just because we have an opinion, doesn’t mean we need to share it all the time.*

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