I don’t see you as Muslim.

Mohamed Abdallah
Italy

I have received this backhanded compliment in my adopted home, the US, and around the world many times, and I have commiserated with many African-Americans, Hispanics — substitute any race, creed or nation for “Muslim” — about how grating and disheartening it is. Despite what you have achieved, if you don’t fit people’s stereotypes, they decide to exclude you from your group instead of questioning their stereotypes. It’s maddening!

 

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