During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump was frequently and unapologetically Islamophobic. He often failed to draw any real distinction between radical Islamic extremism and ordinary Muslims, declared that “Islam hates us”, insinuated that Muslim women were not allowed to speak by their husbands, and called for a “total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”.
It was on the basis of this divisive rhetoric that Trump emerged victorious from the presidential race on Tuesday night. And now, American Muslim women are taking to social media to express their fears about life in Trump’s America.
On Twitter, many women have been describing how they no longer feel safe wearing the hijab in public.
Guys, a trump supporter tried pulling off my hijab... This is not a joke anymore, all non-whites have become targets. Stay safe 💕— Leens (@Palestixian) November 9, 2016
My mom and my sister are actually having the conversation on whether or not they should continue wearing hijab for their own safety— Sulaiman (@SullyTheDoc) November 9, 2016
Two Muslim American women have reported two separate incidents to police after being attacked in the aftermath of Trump’s victory, the Washington Post reports. On Wednesday, a Muslim student at San Diego State University was robbed and may have had her car stolen by two men who made comments about Trump and Muslims.
On the same day in Louisiana, another female university student was beaten, robbed and had her hijab ripped off by two men – one of whom was wearing a white ‘Trump’ hat.
Other Twitter users have been posting messages of support and solidarity to Muslim women and other minorities in the wake of Trump’s win.
If you don't feel safe to wear hijab in your area, please reach out to a friend/have a call-buddy/don't walk alone whenever you're out.— Narjis Naqvi (@narjisfn) November 9, 2016
To every Muslim women in America, pls do not take off your hijab. Trump may won but he can't destroy Muslims for who we are. Be strong— Bestfriends (@takenotefriends) November 10, 2016
Sending all of my love to my friends and those in solidarity with POC, LGBTQ, immigrant, Muslim, women, and other marginalized communities.— Sarah Swig (@Sarah_Swig) November 9, 2016
The right to wear the hijab – or any other religious symbol – is enshrined in the Second Amendment, which states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
However, until Trump condemns the rise in Islamophobic hate crime and non-Muslims start speaking out whenever they see or hear Muslims being abused, many hijabi women might find that to be of little comfort.
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