- Elaine Dang: I survived a terrorist attack and learned that educating ourselves is an antidote to fear
- The best way to overcome fear is to befriend Muslims in our community and learn more about their faith, writes Dang
Elaine Dang is a graduate student at the Yale School of Management. Meaghan Shanahan worked with Dang in the writing of this piece. The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author.
(CNN)I survived a terrorist attack -- the kind President Trump uses to perpetuate a fear of "The Other." I am not a national security expert, but I am someone who has come face-to-face with terrorism. I, likely more than many experts who often base their knowledge on theory and secondhand information, can understand how this fear can spiral into something ugly.