Since the election of Donald Trump on November 8, the number of incidences where Muslims have been attacked and/or threatened has been on an astronomical rise. The most horrendous part, is that most of these hate crimes are done in Trump’s name and no one seems to care. Particularly not Trump.
Well, we can add one more heartbreaking tale to the tragic epic that is unfolding across the country.
In an emotionally charged Facebook post, Yasmin Seweid, an 18-year-old Muslim business major at Baruch College in New York City, describes how three drunk men assaulted her as she stood on a subway platform and followed her into the subway car, shouting anti-Islam slurs and attempting to pull her hijab off.
“I take the train every single day going to & coming from class, but yesterday, something happened that I never thought would happen to me. I was harassed on the subway last night and it was just so dehumanizing I can’t speak about it without getting emotional. Three white racists ripped the straps off my bag & attempted to yank my hijab off my head.”
According to Seweid, the three men took turns yelling, “Look it’s a fucking terrorist,” “go back to your country,” “take that rag off your head,” among other racial slurs.
What is equally upsetting, however, is that not one bystander stepped in or spoke up to help the terrified young women or chastise the men. In her words:
“It breaks my heart that so many individuals chose to be bystanders while watching me get harassed verbally and physically by these disgusting pigs. Trump America is real and I witnessed it first hand last night!“
Although Trump refuses to admit that his rhetoric, and indeed existence, has contributed to the rise of overt and violent racism across the country, to deny it is not only stupid, it is dangerous. It is actually giving these deplorables license to rage. Seweid’s experience is proof. She goes on in her post to describe how:
“Trump’s name was repeatedly said & it finally clicked in my head. No matter how “cultured” or “Americanized” I am, these people don’t see me as an American.”
Seweid, who was born in Brooklyn to Egyptian parents, says she felt “helpless” and “defenseless” adding that when she heard the word “terrorist” she got scared. No shit.
When she tried to ignore the racist drunks, they pulled on her bag and the strap broke.
“That’s when I turned around and said ‘can you please leave me alone,’ and they started laughing.”
When she walked to the other end of the train, they followed her and tried to rip off her hijab. Still no one did anything. She said in an interview with the New York Daily News:
“It made me really sad after when I thought about it. People were looking at me and looking at what was happening and no one said a thing. They just looked away.”
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, once said, “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”
If we as witnesses to these abhorrent events that are popping up across America on a seemingly daily basis continue to standby and do nothing, the hateful saga of this country is sure to have a calamitous ending.
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