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When Islamophobia Gets Personal

If ever there were an election cycle that has taken a nonrefundable toll on the American psyche, this is it. And as an American Muslim, it has been all the more taxing. Nearly every day, I am reminded just how much certain people in this country hate me without knowing me--by a breaking news alert or a campaign sign or a confederate flag or a fanatic overheard on the street or a fresh piece of hate mail in my inbox from either a third-grader posing as an adult or an adult with a third-grade literacy level.
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