The invisible Arab until 9/12.

Jennie Clement
Riverview, FL

Thank you for doing this project. I noticed how my university applications changed in the wake of 9/11; how there was all of a sudden a magical radio button for being Arab. I had previously been invisible; moderately enjoying white privilege until 9/11. I was no longer “white”; which was a slight sigh of relief because I was so proud of my heritage. Now I feel it is important to relish in no longer being invisible, so that I can counteract the waves of hatred aimed at Arabs in the wake of 9/11. No longer invisible and trying, sometimes stumbling, to stand proud. No longer being invisible does come with additional scrutiny, occasional bias, and interpersonal/professional challenges.

 

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