I just want to clip this so I don’t forget it. Haven’t had something hit home this accurately in a while.
It reminds me of how I used to experience so many mixed emotions when I’d see women in full burqa in Brooklyn: alarm at the spectacle (no matter how many times I’d seen it), followed by a certain feminist irk, and finally discomfiture at our cultural kinship. And then it would all turn into one strong emotion — protective rage — when I’d see a group of teenagers laughing and pointing at them.
– Porochista Khakpour, “My Nine Years as a Middle-Eastern American” New York Times Op-Ed published Sept 11, 2010