SHAFAQNA – According to Huffington Post, People wonâ€™t sit next to her on the bus when she wears her hijab. Even living in a city as diverse and progressive as Cambridge, Sumaiya Mahee, 13, encounters some form of prejudice on a daily basis for her faith and heritage.
She is the author of an essay, â€œYouâ€™re Not Who You Say You Are: Beyond the Single Story,â€ an assignment for her combined social studies at her School that was published in Public Radio Internationalâ€™s Global Nation Education section.
â€œI face these stereotypes everyday because I am a Muslim girl. It’s what I experience,â€ Mahee said. â€œWriting about this boosted my self-esteem because it gave me a way to tackle the stereotypes that I face. When I started talking about it, I realized I wasnâ€™t alone and that other kids go through the same thing.â€
â€œI was shocked when I first read this,â€ English teacher Woodly Pierre-Louis said. â€œHere she is, this tiny little girl and it amazed me that anyone could see her as a threat or a target of ridicule. I couldnâ€™t believe anyone would comment like that at all.â€
â€œIf someone calls me a terrorist, I wonâ€™t choose the actions that I chose. I would tell other Muslim kids to tell people what a real Muslim is like,â€ Mahee said. â€œMuslims are shown on TV as terrorists and it makes people think that thatâ€™s what a normal Muslim is.â€