I'm from Hueytown, Alabama. It's smack dab in the middle of Dixie, so it's fine if I say something about the south -- it's part of me. But these loaded questions from people who've never been there -- where do these ideas come from?
Even children in this city act first because they risk being targeted themselves. But aggression turns to hate when action supercedes rationalization, analysis, and compassion. Knowing that, we must respond to hate with what it lacks: understanding.
A friend posted this on her Facebook feed last week: "This warning is to everyone but more specifically my hijab/niqab-wearing sisters -- please be careful, don't stand too close to the train tracks, we need to be on high alert."