I was at the airport coming back last Saturday. I do not have a permit, social security card, or license; this means, I have to go through all that awful security protocol that all travelers would bribe to avoid. As the female TSA awkwardly patted me down, checked all my carry-on items with disposable chemical checkers, and dropped my computer numerous times in JFK, I noticed that all the others going through this annoying and time consuming procedure were all minorities. Furthermore, most of these minorities seemed to be of either Muslim descent or wore Turbans (Remember this?). As TSA officers carefully checked the baggages, women wearing hijabs quietly rolled their eyes and gave a sigh as if that were their sign of protest. One of them winked at me when I looked at her apologetically, showing how used to the situation she was. The “random” selections for extra screening at airports didn’t seem so random anymore after 9/11. These international portals display what a Muslim means to many of the current world: a threat.
Religion has always caused struggles between different groups (remember the Crusade?). Sure, we don’t always get along, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to seclude others that aren’t like you. What would a society be without some spices?