My family members are not terrorists.

Sarah Darradji,
Washington, DC

Growing up with a North African dad and an American mom (with French and German parents) left me feeling torn between two worlds. From my features, you would never guess my family is from the Berber tribe of North Africa. One day in elementary school, a kid in my class told me my dad was the Devil because he was raised Muslim. When I hear Arabic, I think of home and family. When other people hear Arabic, they feel fear and think “terrorist.” The media portrays Muslims in a way that incites fear, sustaining stereotypes. Today, I realize I don’t have to fit in any box. Half German and French American and half North African makes the mix that is me.

 

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