Racism, violence creating insecurity


Originally published in MyCentralJersey


The thought that I could have been at that New York City subway station on Dec. 30 terrifies me. I am a 15-year-old Pakistani-American, just the reason I could have been dead.

I love this country in every way. Lately, I have been noticing that a lot of people have been expressing their hate for other American communities and nothing is being done to silence them. Not only are they expressing their hate for a group of racially profiled victims but they are becoming more organized, with some even taking matters into their own hands. Thinking about this now is making me feel insecure about going out in public.

My parents came to this country to enjoy freedom of religion denied to them in Pakistan. Now, if my skin color is brown I could be killed in the U.S. too? How is this fair?

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Hamzah Syed
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