As Interviewed By Maryam Z., April 28, 2019

Maisa: In Her Own Words

Maisa Teezeen talks about her experiences being a Muslim women during 9/11.

It was very hard time. Its my first time to notice that ok someone doesnít like you, you arenít welcome in this country. So it take me a while until I stand up for myself. Like ok, this country here is built on different, and all the laws on different religion and different root and different color, so it start to confuse me. Itís supposed to be freedom.

She later starts discussing some specific things that happened to her.

From young people going around our house and sticking their fingers out to us. And some of them teasing my mother-in-law. They start to go around her in the car when she was walking to the neighborhood. And we start to have message on our home phone that Lleave the country we donít want you hereĒ and all that. We called the police and the police put our phone under somebody to follow our call to know who is calling because back then it wasnít like caller Iíd or any of this stuff. And the police stayed in the neighborhood for a couple of days going back and forth and try to protect us

When you moved to Austin did you notice a difference in how people treated you compared to how people treated you in California?

When we moved here I was older and yes people here where more nicer to me. Some of them, you know you always find somebody in the extreme or somebody act like they are ok. Here at least I put my scarf back on. I feel I change more than the people change around me because until now I have been in Austin for more than 15 years -- I can feel different. Like when I go with my friends that are not wearing the headscarf they treat them differently than me.