Reading Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road gave me
many treasured lessons. Many are relevant on election years. One is especially
relevant on the heels of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and
particularly during an election year where fear and Islamophobia are on the
As a large portion of Americans react to fear of terrorism and religious-inspired radicalism with Islamophobia and an anti-immigrant mentality, I remember this.
Steinem recalls a conversation with a cab driver in New York city “only ten days
after the 9/11 terrorist attacks”. “Downtown streets were covered with
surrealistic gray ash and debris,” she says, “and gutters were filled with the
bodies of birds that had been incinerated in flight.”
But then she rides in this man’s cab.