The M Word Stories: Shannon Chakraborty
The M Word seeks to elevate, amplify, and celebrate the contributions of Muslim Americans to our country’s varied and inspiring cultural landscape. To help us, we are inviting audience members, online followers, panelists, and others—both Muslims and non-Muslims alike—to share their personal experiences with what it means to be Muslim in America.
Today, we feature a video by Shannon Chakraborty in which she answers the question, “What it means to be Muslim in America?”
“It means it’s who you are. We are a part of human society like everyone else. We make up a quarter of the population. We have a wonderful history that expands over continents and languages and you should be unapologetic about that because we’re a community like everyone else and we all of a stake in sort of our voice in humanity.”
We want to hear your stories! For the chance to be featured by The M Word, submit your own video story with us on Facebook or submit your story in writing here. By submitting your story, you grant PEN America the right to use all still and motion pictures and sound recordings you provide in furtherance of its nonprofit charitable mission, including the right to advertising, promotion, and future marketing of PEN America and its activities via radio, television, video, DVD, the internet, podcasts, PEN America publications, or any other use, by any means now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, throughout the universe.
The M Word is generously supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges program.