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Two Muslims murdered in Queens over the weekend in a “not-hate” crime.

Though I haven't explored the depths of Queens as far as Ozone Park, I am aware of this diverse neighborhood along the A line that borders Brooklyn–it could be a twin of my own neighborhood in the Bronx in terms of demographic. Teeming with Bangladeshi immigrants, many of who left behind a wealth of life… Continue reading Two Muslims murdered in Queens over the weekend in a “not-hate” crime.

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To the man who sells bananas.

It's been a few weeks since I last saw you, maybe longer. I hope you're doing okay. Every day when I get off the 6 train at my stop, I breeze out the doors of the station and cast a quick, curious glance at you before heading home. This action became perfunctory as I grew accustomed to… Continue reading To the man who sells bananas.

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As the Brock Turner rape case unfolds and expands, I offer a different perspective.

A thought crossed my mind while I busied myself the past couple of weeks reading up on the case of Brock Turner, a former student athlete at Stanford who was convicted (or half-heartedly scolded, rather) for raping an anonymous young woman behind a dumpster. Well, many thoughts raced through my head and none of them pleasant, but this one uneasy feeling… Continue reading As the Brock Turner rape case unfolds and expands, I offer a different perspective.

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When Brown-Skinned and Brilliant Becomes a Threat in Disguise

THE STORY Welcome to Irving, Texas, a town where even the brightest of young minds are apparently doomed to perish without merit when a display of brilliance is perceived as a threat. This only applies if you fit a certain targeted profile, the characteristics of which I am confident most Americans are well-acquainted with by… Continue reading When Brown-Skinned and Brilliant Becomes a Threat in Disguise