“Even when there is no overt aggression, just living under such intense scrutiny from our neighbors creates a numbing anxiety that affects our health and happiness.”
Firstly, I would like to say that America is full of diversity. America is home to one of the most diverse Muslim
populations in the world, including people of almost every ethnicity, country, and school of thought.
American Muslims are present in all walks of life, as doctors; lawyers; accountants, homemakers, academics, media personalities, athletes, entertainers, etc. Therefore, when it comes to whether or not if America has a general understanding of Islam and Muslim culture, I would say yes there is to an extent.
In general, America acknowledges our culture, in regards to our beliefs and what we stand for. Yet, on occasion, we still face a variety of challenges and obstacles. For example, we are discriminated by the clothing that we wear and our beliefs regarding our identity.
We’ll get rude comments from others, occasionally. Even when there is no overt aggression, just living under such intense scrutiny from our neighbors creates a numbing anxiety that affects our health and happiness. On the other hand, we are supported by America.
We are commented that both our religion and culture is beautiful. We work together to make our communities better. We take part in aspects of an American life.
We are members of Boys and Girl Scouts, as well as, members of school boards and volunteer in community centers. America acknowledges our culture, but has a hard time understanding the true meaning behind our beliefs and that it’s not as negative as they believe it to be; especially, how the media portrays it out to be.
I have experienced, personally, both discrimination and support due to my culture. Even through these obstacles, America is one country and to be a part of this diverse country, is amazing.
I understand when being introduced to a culture, that it takes time to adapt and try to understand the concepts. America has taken our culture and has allowed us to have our own freedom to practice, learn and teach.
There are many institutions that teaches our beliefs and culture; just like other religious communities. America has opened many doors for us and has allow us to expand our dreams. America has given us an opportunity to better our lives and expand our horizons.