I have made it my personal mission to use whatever skills and resources I have to eradicate prejudice, racism, and discrimination completely, because your identity is the one thing you should never have to apologize for.
I can still remember the first time I realized that people saw me differently simply because I am a Muslim. I was in elementary school, and we were walking out of a store when I heard a group of teenage boys screaming at the top of their lungs "AlQaeda! AlQaeda!" I was so embarrassed, and I could not believe that something like that could happen in my America. That incident was a turning point in my life. I have since written for The Huffington Post and for a website, readcontra.com, that my friend and I developed. And I speak in contests promoting diversity, acceptance, and the constant push for change.
Overcoming my own doubts has sometimes been a challenge. It can be very draining to keep putting out a message, only to feel as though nobody is listening. I must admit that I sometimes wonder why I bother. However, the slightest sign that even one person is listening or benefitting from my cause is all the rejuvenation that I need to get back on my feet.