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'Racism is a real problem:' Muslim women fearful following attacks in Edmonton
EDMONTON — Asmaa Ali says slurs about her hijab and the colour of her skin have become so frequent she doesn't report them to police anymore. Whether she's running errands or on her way to work as a nurse at an Edmonton hospital, the 23-year-old Somali-Canadian says she's always looking over her shoulder. She and several other Black and Muslim women in her life are feeling more frightened in public, she says, because of an increasing number of assaults. Five Somali-Canadian women, all wearing hijabs, have been attacked or threatened in Edmonton in the last 10 weeks. "I've always been hyper-vigilant in public spaces because of my identity.
may not know what her future with the franchise looks like, but it doesn't sound like she has plans to leave anytime soon.
During a recent appearance on the, the Teen Mom OG star opened up to co-hosts and about how long she sees herself being a part of the hit MTV series.
"Back in the day, I'd be like, you know, as long as I feel like I'm helping people — even if it's just one person — showing them they are not alone or they're not crazy, then I would keep doing it," said Bookout, 29. ", it's definitely a season by season thing. Not to say that I don't ever feel like, 'Alright, my time is up. … [It's time to] move on to the next chapter.'"
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Editor’s Note: Brian Tee has become a notable face of Asian Hollywood, providing representation to a community that has been wildly been underrepresented and, on more than one occasion, misrepresented. He has appeared in big banner films such as The Wolverine, Jurassic World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He also appeared in numerous TV series and is best known for his current role as Dr. Ethan Choi on NBC’s Chicago Med.
The reality star continued, "At this point, selfishly — and I say that not in a way that I think it's selfish — I feel like the show opens my eyes to me [about] what I need to work on, what I need to face myself. It's just a good reflective tool that most people don't have."
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Bookout said while the long-running series "can definitely break you down," she believes there have been many positive takeaways throughout her experience.
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Amy Go says she was saddened by the shootings in Atlanta that left six Asian American women dead, but as an Asian Canadian woman, she wasn't surprised. Go, the president of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice, said many Asian Canadian women have experienced hatred or violence in their daily life. "There's so much pain and grief," she said about her initial reaction to the attack. "At the same time, as Asian Canadian women, none of us were surprised. There was no sense of shock. It was as if we knew this was coming ... it just happened to be in Atlanta.
"[The] production [staff], I feel like they do a good job of navigating around the children. If the kids don't want to film, they're not going to film. They don't usher them, they don't push them," the Tennessee native said. "As long as we can continue to navigate that and the other positives are happening, I don't see a reason to leave the show but that doesn't mean that one won't arise. It's definitely season by season."
Bookout rose to fame while appearing on MTV'sin 2009. Later that year, , which was later renamed for season 5.
The star's comments come after news broke that her ex, with whom she shares 12-year-old son , had exited the show. His wife claimed their family was not asked to return.
"We just got a call yesterday from [producers] Morgan [J. Freeman] and Larry [Musnik] at MTV," Mackenzie, 24, said onearlier this month. "Maci's agent went above their heads and went to Viacom and said that they wanted to focus on all of Maci's abilities and whatever she does and that we took up the time on the show that she could be using to show all that."
MTV did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
Bookout also shares daughter Jayde, 5, and son Maverick, 4, with husband. The two have been married since 2016.
Gymnast Morgan Hurd gives impassioned speech during 'Stop Asian Hate' rally .
US gymnast and 2021 Olympic hopeful Morgan Hurd gave an impassioned speech during a 'Stop Asian Hate' rally in New York.The U.S. gymnastics star — an Olympic team hopeful — said it was in her elementary school, when she first realized that her adoption from China made her different from her white mother and her mostly white classmates.