Muhammad, Portland, Ore.

       “[The United States] is a nice country. People are nice. But a little problem I had was due to my name, some people don’t like it. So I changed the name. Muhammad to Moe. Getting a job was a problem sometimes. I had one place, they fired me from the job…no reason. He said, “I can’t understand your language.”
    I speak English and I’m a graduate.
    I wrote a letter to the company, and they gave me the back money and everything, and they said, “We’re sorry about that. You are fine.” And then they hired me back. Then I was going to be assistant manager over there. Same place.”
    These things are personal things that people are doing. That’s a personal matter. Not the country’s fault or anything.”