Kate Downing Khaled, 33, a white, American-Muslim woman embraced both parts of her identity through a heartwarming message on Facebook.
Due to the surging anti-Islamic sentiment in the West, the mother of three decided to speak out against the harsh realities that Muslims are facing in the U.S.
Within a week, Khaled’s emotional post went viral, gaining her thousands of followers and an outpouring of support from both the Muslims and non-Muslim communities.
In her post, Khaled explained how has concerns for her husband Taquee, an American of Bangladeshi descent and her children who can become targets over their religious background.
“I so desperately want them to grow up feeling affirmed, legitimized and whole,” she states in her Facebook post.
Like Khaled, Dr. Susan Carland from Australia is a white, Muslim scholar who also felt anxious about her two identities. She became a victim of cyber bullying when she was bombarded with Islamophobic, hate messages on Twitter. However, she turned those tweets into a “force for good” by donating $1 to UNICEF for every hate filled tweet she encountered on her profile.