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My response to Porochista Khakpour

Yesterday the New York Times published an ope-ed by Porochista Khakpour titled My Nine Years as a Middle-Eastern American. While she captures her own personal experience in the detail, I'm sure her thoughts and feelings speak for many Middle-Easterners in this country today.

A deep dark admission: lately — and by lately I mean this era I worked so hard for, when a liberal person of color, a man who resembles my own father, would be our president — I’ve found myself thinking secretly, were certain things better in the George W. Bush era? Was it easier to be Middle Eastern then?

Just six days after 9/11, at the Islamic Center of Washington, President Bush said, “Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don’t represent the best of America, they represent the worst of humankind.” He added: “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.” Did that assurance mean more to white Americans comi…

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