I felt so small and I now feel so unsafe and uncomfortable

“I was doing better today, until a short while ago when I was at a cafe for breakfast. As I stood in line, someone (very loudly and in a very accusing tone) asked: ‘Are you from Afghanistan?’ All eyes turned upon me, burning, each one accompanied with accusatory frowns. Needless to say, I very sheepishly said: ‘I am not from Afghanistan,’ then I quietly left … with an empty stomach and almost crying.”

Posted September 12, 2001

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