nayyera
Nayyera Haq
nayyera
Feb 5 2017
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Personal essay as a genre isn’t to prove a point. It’s to encourage human connection. Thanks for your reply.

Feb 4 2017
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Not gonna lie, watching the Wire for the first time last year did not hurt in name selection. Any breathing woman would agree.

Feb 4 2017
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His last name. Which matters when you’re going through an international checkpoint with a passport. Until that happens, all we really know is that he’s a cutie pie with big bright eyes.

Feb 4 2017
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Who wouldn’t want to be in a comforting womb right now?

Feb 4 2017
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Thank you for raising this. Idris has a very Muslim identified last name, so it’s more about how the world will see him regardless of his personal belief. Right now, the world just sees him as cute, I hope :)

Feb 4 2017
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Thank you! Goober is accurate for what he looks like now, he’s Chunk.

Feb 4 2017
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I am so glad you see the humor in the photo selection. Part of me feels like bad mom putting out a picture of my kid like that, hah!

Feb 4 2017
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Do you hate me because I didn’t consider myself a writer until, well, your reaction?

Feb 4 2017
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Oh hunny, it’ll be expanded soon. And it was done so poorly that it has nothing to do with actual counter-terrorism, straight up permission to harass people. I have a career in national security, nothing about this ban is helpful for our country.

Feb 4 2017
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What’s not mentioned here explicitly is my career in national security. I approve of vetting and selection of immigrants, have worked on it too. I do NOT agree with poorly written laws and blanket discrimination rooted in pandering and not actual counter-terrorism or economic policy. This ban was so poorly thought out Read more

Feb 4 2017
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That’s what I’ve settled on. He will have lots of rich history to draw on, so he has plenty of choice. But... but... the challenge I see is the world will react to him a certain way regardless of how he defines himself. His daddy has an obviously Muslim last name, so even if he doesn’t believe he will be assumed Read more

Feb 4 2017
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The funny thing is... my parents used to be Republicans too! Thank you for the kind words for Idris.

Feb 4 2017
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Surprisingly not so bad! Some people just suck in life, that doesn’t bother me, but it’s good to see the good people come out of the woodwork.

Feb 4 2017
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I’m so glad you got the joke in posting that one photo, which was Idris at 4 days old once we were taking out of the hospital cocoon.