Spread love.

So..uhm…i’m an 18 years old girl, born and raised in Italy and currently living here, but…i’m muslim…
Today i was getting some games from the car for kids to play with and a man follows me, he keeps starring and after a bit he goes like: “what a beautiful costume” (referring to my bordeaux hijab and my long black skirt), so i just replied with: “thank you” and i smiled…few seconds of silence and he says: “they have invented two new types of gas rooms you know…”, despite being terrified by his words i just went like: “oh really…that’s interesting”, he confirmed and sounded really happy while doing so. Then he specified the types (i don’t clearly remember what he said) and trying not to sound scared i just looked at him and said: “ohhh now that’s interesting, i didn’t know about that! “, he simply said yeah and kept following me. We were going different ways so i just smiled at him and told him to have a pleasant day and…he said: “you won’t last long”…and that was…literally terrifying…i felt as if something really sharp stabbed my heart and i wanted to cry so bad, but…i was on a picnic with my mother and her friends so i just held it in an kept on smiling.
The guy kept going back and forth near us and i the thought of him shooting every single one of us to our death didn’t leave my mind the whole day…
I’m writing this because i want this world to be a better place, please…please accept diversity and spread love and peace, if i’m muslim that doesn’t mean i’m a terrorist, if you’re black it doesn’t mean you’re dirty, if you’re homosexual it doesn’t mean you’re abnormal…please stop this racism, we will ALL smile and live happily if this stops, so please make this world a better place…

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Mariam Asri