Saturday, November 17, 2018

Is it possible to hate-in-person?

Emmy Award winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan is a daughter of immigrants, a Muslim woman, a feminist and a human rights activist. She wanted to discover whether people who hate Muslims or immigrants or feminists could hate her in person, so she arranged to meet with the leader of the US Socialist Movement (neo-Nazi.) She felt very intimidated. He wanted to meet her in his neighborhood. "What if he's armed, or if he brings people with him?" she worried.

When he arrived it was awkward at first, but she said that, because she was willing to listen, everything changed. They talked about life, family, and politics. and Khan said that, as she hoped, he could not hate her in person. "It reminded me that they are just people," she said. "I've spent my entire life being stereotyped. I am not going to turn around and do that to somebody else."

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