As I traveled the nation for VICE, I saw some Americans yearning for a time that had long since passed, a time that they barely understood, a time that was defined by white supremacy.
I could never let Islamophobia stop me from seeing my country. At the end of the day, I'm an American. If I don't go out and confront the ignorance that tries to take that identity away from me, I'm letting it win.
When you're black you don't have the luxury of even feigning colorblindness, because America always has a way of reminding you who you are.