DOES US INSECURITY PUT LIBERTY AT RISK?

Georgetown University prides itself on its international student body

The BBC Persian Service’s Kambiz Fattahi recounts his own experience of being singled out on the basis of his appearance and asks whether fears of terrorism are undermining America’s traditional values.

People often ask if I have ever experienced prejudice in the US because of my Iranian background.

Up to now, I have always replied in the negative.

The last place I ever expected to encounter ignorance and apparent discrimination was at my university, a place renowned for international studies.

But last week, at Georgetown University’s graduation ceremony, I found myself in shock and awe.

In awe at the inspiring keynote speech about America’s tradition of freedom made by Harvard historian Dr Bernard Bailyn.

 

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