By Hana Shafi  —

Anytime there’s a shooting or bombing, I hold my breath. “Please don’t be Muslim, please don’t be Muslim,” I think to myself. I browse through Twitter and see other Muslims with similar sentiments. Why? Because we know, if the shooter is Muslim, the backlash is on us. Read more. 

Shafi, a Bachelor of Journalism candidate at the time, wrote this article during her six-week stint in the Ryersonian newsroom, or masthead, a capstone course for graduating students.  Follow her on Twitter @HanaShafi.