Yassmin Fashir is from Indiana, but her roots are in Darfur, Sudan.
When she was three years old, she and her family came to the United States seeking political refuge.
The adjustment was difficult. Despite being highly educated, her parents had a difficult time finding work because they didn’t speak English. Her mom worked 12-hour days at a minimum wage job while her dad drove a taxi.
They also frequently faced discrimination.
Yassmin remembers an incident when she was a very young girl. A man rolled down his car window and yelled at her mother to “go back to Iran.” But another woman came to their defense, telling the man it wasn’t okay to act that way. Then she reassured Yassmin and her mother, “This isn’t America. It’s just one guy.”