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After nine years, I have finally said farewell to the personal plate “HUSSEIN.” Back in 2007, the idea seemed perfect but few weeks after the plates were placed on my vehicle the trouble begin. At first, I was confused and didn’t know if it was the stylish Mazda CX7 that was gaining the attention or the name on the personal plate. It all became clear when from my rearview mirror; I noticed a couple driving behind me videotaping the license plate. The next day a group of teens driving behind me also tried to take pictures of my plate.


OVER THE YEARS, I OBSERVED DIFFERENT EMOTIONS FROM MY REARVIEW MIRROR. THE SURPRISE FACES, THE WIFE TAPPING HER HUSBAND TO LOOK AT THE LICENSE PLATE, THE GUY THAT TOOK EXTRA TIME TO WRITE A BIG "F**K YOU" POSTER AND HELD IT UP TO HIS WINDOW AS HE PASSED MY CAR, THE STRANGER WHO BLEW THEIR NOSE AND PUT THE TISSUE IN THE CAR DOORKNOB, THE GUY WHO GIVE ME THE MIDDLE FINGER IN THE TRAFFIC, THE MAN WHO TRY TO DRAG RACE ME AFTER I REFUSED TO STOP AND LISTENED TO WHAT HE HAD TO SAY OR THE COUPLE WHO THOUGHT MY PLATE WAS THE FUNNIEST THING THEY HAVE SEEN AND THE LIST GOES ON…


For nine years there was never a dull moment when I was in the traffic or parked. My license plate always drew some attention. The deciding moment came when a guy tried to run me off the highway about a week ago. Even though I have been a Christian all my life, is seemed like many people in the US are still finding it difficult separating the name from the religion. Islamophobia is more prevalent in the United States than is reported. There is a deep distrust and intolerance toward Muslims in America. While most politicians remain politically correct about this issue, it is becoming a ticking timebomb. Even though the plate is gone, I still have to deal with the suspicion of having a Muslim name; that, I can deal with.

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