The Backpack and the Hijab
NOW IN AN ODD
'I WAS BORN
by Rebecca Morphis ' 97
As Sept. 11 played out on television and in every conversation, Caro- lina senior Mohammed Zayed
figured he'd be getting some phone calls.
And he did. They just weren't the type
he was anticipating.
Zayed, an Egyptian-born permanent
resident of the United States who has
lived in this country since the fifth grade,
remembered the cold shoulders and teas-
ing he endured as a student in middle
school during Desert Storm. He was
expecting even worse, given the unprecedented scale of this attack on a symbol of
the prosperity and opportunity that
brought his parents to America.
But the calls brought only messages of
support and solidarity. "The campus has
been very, very respectful," he said. "We've
had people offer to come and stand in
front of the door during our prayers, just
for security reasons. People that we never
knew before, other organizations are
writing to express their support."
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