Black and Muslim in the Snoqualmie Valley: Striving to belong in a historically white small town (part two) - Living Snoqualmie

School-age kids can be cruel. Some seem to have a knack for finding that thing that makes you different, exposing it and using it to shame or bully you. My cross to bear was my giant-sized height at a very young age and my last name, Grant, which conveniently became Grunt to those out to hurt me. Fortunately, my size became less of an issue, and my name wasn’t that funny to people beyond seven years old.

But imagine being 13 years old, growing up in a diverse neighborhood…

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