Meet an Immigrant: Mirza Tihić
If you’re concerned about the state of American politics, I think you’ll enjoy this week’s guest, Mirza Tihić. Mirza grew up in pre-war Bosnia, and witnessed the rise of anti-Bosnian rhetoric.
We’ve all heard the accusations that immigrants have divided loyalties. That they can’t be trusted. That they’re not really American.As a descendant of immigrants myself, and as a religious minority, I’m here to admit that we DO have divided loyalties.
I grew up in rural upstate NY, in a predominantly white, small town. While school, friends, television, radio, and the entire outside world taught me what it meant to be American, my father's stories taught me what it meant to be Circassian.