Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks began, Amer Ahmed remembers thinking, “I hope this wasn’t a Muslim.” As the spokesman for the Muslim Student Union at Indiana University, Amer recounts the harrowing experience of being a voice for a community that instantly made him a target of suspicion. Since 9/11, Amer has learned to cope with other people’s assumptions about who he is as a Muslim and an American. Every day moments like getting on an airplane and choosing whether or not to grow a beard have taken on a more important meaning: “It fundamentally altered the way my body moved through space in the United States.”
Produced by Thea Chaloner & Alex Schein
Special thanks to participants: Rory Murray, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Amer Ahmed, Aristarchus Patrinos and Carmel Pryor.