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Family Portrait

Brown and White and Never Enough

The Future of Ethnic Studies Teach-In

On Monday April 11, more than 100 students and faculty gathered in the Michigan League for The Future of Ethnic Studies, a teach-in organized by a broad coalition of graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Michigan.

Dear University of Michigan Administration,

I grew up in a part of Karachi, Pakistan that most Pakistanis don’t have access to. Surrounded by privilege that was only enhanced by my American identity, I was protected from the terrorism and political warfare around me.

People love talking about my dad. And not about his occupation, his life story, his favorite foods, what sports team he roots for (he always switches so he ends up supporting the winner) or his experience as a brown Muslim man. Rather people love talking about what my dad would do to me if I were to disappoint him.