Literature & Stories

A Kashmiri in America: The lucky shade of brown

Journalist Muzamil Jaleel had reported from countries all around the world but then he still hadn’t been to America…

During that first brief stay in America, I never joined a “controversial” discussion. I always weighed my words and never mentioned al Qaeda. I never asked strangers how they viewed the war, the world or their lives. Talk about war and America’s place in the world was taboo. The threat of terror seemed so real that any counterargument was seen only as a liberal view, an exception to patriotic American discourse.

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Source: Dispatches