Jaya Padmanabhan

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While it's fair to say a redeeming virtue of America is a willingness to overcome, the aftermath of 9/11 is evidence we always will have more to overcome. Fear is a persistent monster. Jaya Padmanabhan is a South Bay writer. She's also a native Indian and her skin is dark. That was all, she discovered after 9/11, for many people to fear her, by finding religion in her face.