As the election campaign progresses, it is difficult to ignore the continued intolerant and hateful rhetoric against groups perceived to be a threat. Whenever there is a domestic terrorist attacks, irrespective of who causes, we see a rise in hate crimes against religious minorities.
Fashion wasn't my friend when I first came to this country. I wore these long neon green shorts that got a lot of looks from other fourth graders. My backpack had a strong camouflage pattern that screamed "outsider!" instead of the single tone Jansport backpacks everyone else had. The students all called me "Rambo". It wasn't meant to be affectionate.