Beth Murphy

Now, I can’t help but feel inferior. When I’m out in public in Afghanistan, I feel inferior because I’m doing everything I can to stay hidden, silent. I feel inferior because I am seeing firsthand the impact of America’s foreign policy and can’t help but feel like a living, breathing representation of that – despite my own personal views about that policy. It reinforces to me that I want to be part of the solution – and I want my work to be part of the solution – not part of the problem.

I believe we all need to be aware of the biases we have. I am aware of mine; I am a white woman who grew up in a middle-class American family with a mom and a dad who were both educators. I can’t make it different – I wouldn’t want to – and I don’t want to pretend to be something I’m not.