Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, What's Underneath
Unshaken, a Muslim Millennial Navigates Post-9/11 America

“How am I in any way connected to ISIS more than white people are connected to every atrocity that’s ever taken place in the third world or in the developing world throughout history? It’s a double standard.” That is the unshakable voice of American-born, Jordanian, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh. Growing up, Islmaphobia made Amani hide the fact that she was Muslim. But after her first visit to her country of origin, Amani's pride became irrepressible. To express her devotion to her heritage and faith, she began to wear a headscarf at 13.

Returning to America, Amani’s headscarf resulted in her being brutally ostracized by her friends, peers and community, emboldening her to turn her outcast status into -- a place where people could go to find the truth about what it’s like to be a Muslim woman post-9/11. “We feel a threat on our lives every time we step out of the house,” says Amani. Airports are a “humiliation” and subways are filled with potential harassers. But society’s widespread Islamophobia won’t derail Amani from her mission to shed the stereotypes about Muslims and reveal its foundation of forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and understanding.

Follow Amani on Instagram: @amani
Follow her on Twitter: @xoamani
Amani's video was edited by Andrea Cruz & Kristen Johnson

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