I am proud of being a Muslim but I cannot say it
I was not exposed to such discrimination, because the region that I live in is known for its respect for different cultures and its libertarian manner. After I won the Nobel Prize, the mayor of Chapel Hill gave me the key to the city… I said in my speech at the award ceremony that I am proud of being a Muslim, but I cannot say it in many regions of United States because of current debates.
I feel uncomfortable with this situation as a Turkish Muslim who has been living in the United States since 1982.
Fifty percent of U.S. citizens share Trump’s sentiments. His opinion did not remain a marginal idea. Islamophobic ideas are still approved in U.S. This is really dangerous.
My wife took the call and woke me up
I’m sure there will be. Yes they’ve been asking over the years and I was tired of hearing ‘when are you going to get the Nobel Prize?’ so I’m glad for my country as well.
I am of course honoured to get this recognition for all the work I’ve done over the years, but I’m also proud for my family and for my native country and my adopted country, and especially for Turkey it’s quite important.