witchcraft has been misunderstood for a long time, and yes, many countries do still kill witches for ruin the crops, natural disasters, and various other unrelated reasons, there are still people in countries that believe tons of crazy things. there's people in america who believe witches are the bride of satan and can do everything their story books warn them about. [look up the West Memphis Three. 3 teenage boys who were thrown in jail for 20 years after a murder in a small town concluded they were satanists. fun fact, they were innocent, but different + small town = satan which is scary, so off to jail you go. some people still believe they sacrificed the kids to the devil despite all the evidence]
it is wise to keep some aspects of yourself closed off to the world, don't deny who you are in the process. i know people who have lost jobs, had their homes and business vandalized, and been the subject of varying degrees of abuse because of their faith. [i even have a few personal stories. like the time my friends decided to hold a circle in the park and some lady from her house screamed 'devil worshipers' and called the cops on us. in hindsight, we shouldn't of done it in a park, but we were 17 and wanted to celebrate Ostara in nature] the people who conclude witchcraft is evil and therefore can kill a person and not feel bad about it won't be won over with facts that it isn't evil. it's best to assess a situation. a spiritual store, fine, let your pagan flag fly, apply for a job, maybe keep it on the low key. you don't care what religion your boss follows, so why should they?