Muslim Americans are patriotic citizens too.

Zaynab Malik.

Growing up in America in a post-9/11 world was difficult. I always felt like I had to say that I was an American first and a Muslim second so people would believe that I cared about this country. However, it is not a binary choice – I can be a patriotic American Muslim. I regret letting others’ perceptions and fear of Muslims after 9/11 define me.


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