The truth is, I was really scared about the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I was afraid that it would not only be a time to remember and mourn, but also a time of vitriol and hate – especially targeting Muslims.
My friends have told me about what it is like to be Muslim in the US today. Each of them is a successful professional with a family and good job, and warm, friendly social life. But the mothers worry about when their children will realize that Osama bin Laden said he was a Muslim (really, an extremist). They worry how they will learn about 9/11, and what their friends will say to them. One friend parked next to an elderly white couple at a fancy mall. They looked at him funny, so he turned back after entering the mall, just to check. Next thing he knew, his car was keyed, and the elderly couple was gone.