I was born in 1980. So, I relate to your second paragraph. I wasn't aware if the people (here in America) had any strong feelings or not towards Muslims before my time.
The demagogues muddy the waters so much that it's difficult to have complete faith in what I've learned about history over the years. Maybe that's one of the reasons I stuck with science in the long run. Not even the government can change the laws of physics.
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