The first week of Donald Trump’s presidency has been met with an outpouring of frustration. Large protests and demonstrations took place across the country following the presidential inauguration. Notably, 3.4 million took part in a Women’s March, including an estimated 11,000 person crowd in Ann Arbor this past weekend. More symbolic protests took place as […]
On January 25, Sharing Stories, Building Allyhood: Student Voices Against Islamophobia, an event devoted to student experiences with Islamophobia, packed the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union. Yet at least some of what was shared might be better characterized as “celebrating victimhood” than combating Islamophobia defined as a hatred of Muslims and Islam.
To the gentle man, who waved his hand at me from the other side of the street in the autumn of 2004, I hope you read this and remember the Muslim woman with a beautiful headscarf. This letter is to tell you that your courtesy has not been forgotten. On that autumn afternoon, you touched a wounded heart that had been bleeding for twenty-four years. Whoever you are, wherever you are, may God touch your heart too.