Hide our bindis. It makes some people “physically and mentally sick” and can get one’s car windows smashed.
Not wear turbans because only terrorists do that and we can be gunned down.
Shave off our beards. It makes you appear alien, attracts laughter and derision.
Take off our hoodies. It looks “suspicious” and can get you killed. Look what happened to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as he walked back home from a grocery store.
Hide who we love. You could be killed for violating caste boundaries or going against someone’s culture.
To acknowledge and embrace diversity, in language, religion, thought and belief, can be challenging, even scary.
So much safer to live in our cubby-holes of prejudice, of hate, and judge the world around us.