I know from first hand experience what it is like to be tarred with the same brush as terrorists.
Imagine working in London for the summer as a 20 year old when the IRA blew someone or something to smithereens. I was behind the counter in a deli and people would come in and say that they weren’t going to talk to me today. The Irish were persona non grata.
Of course, I didn’t let them get away with that bullshit. I told them that as far as I was concerned, the UK had invaded Ireland, and Northern Ireland now belonged to them. So their own citizens were killing them and it had nothing whatsoever to do with me. It wasn’t even my country. So I told them nicely to fuck off and deal with their problem. Don’t lay it at my door.
The IRA didn’t represent me. Isis doesn’t represent every Muslim.