At first it was just patchwork over windows and signposts, deceptively simple. A piece of paper bisected by a black line with a Helvetica-fonted survey question about the "Ground Zero mosque" on both sides.
When I lived in Europe and Africa, I spent six years in a relationship with an Arab man. The first time I walked into his parents' home, I felt completely at home. So when I read about peoples' fears of Muslims, I scratch my head.
September 11, 2010 was a day of public mourning in Lower Manhattan, punctuated at times by rival protests for and against the Park51 Muslim community center. September 12 began what we hope will be the reframing of public discourse.
Nine years ago my cousin was murdered when the airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center. It makes my blood boil when Fox News and right-wing politicians invoke the names of those who died on 9/11 for political gain.
I am opposed to the building of the "mosque" two blocks from Ground Zero. I want it built on Ground Zero. Why? Because I believe in an America that protects those who are the victims of hate and prejudice.