Reports of attacks on Muslims following Trump victory lead some women to decide not to wear hijabs in public
In two months, Donald Trump will officially be sworn in as the new president of the United States. But it hasn't been two days since the election results and American Muslims and minorites are already feeling the aftermath on the streets.
Trump's rhetoric against Muslims and other minorities during the campaign has led to accusations that he is encouraging racial abuse.
Muslim women were most affected with many taking to social media to report the encounters they faced with some even being warned by family members not to wear the headscarf when going out.
My mom and my sister are actually having the conversation on whether or not they should continue wearing hijab for their own safety
— sulaiman (@bigheadnextdoor) November 9, 2016
3 of my muslims friends, whom i've never seen without a hijab before, came to school without them today, because they were afraid.
— claude (@claudiafavelaa) November 9, 2016
Farris Barakat, the brother of Deah Barakat who was murdered with his wife and her sister in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, last year in a suspected hate crime, reported widespread fear among Muslim Americans after the election results. “A lot of people are very afraid,” he told MEE.
The day after Trump's victory, a student in Louisiana was attacked and had her hijab pulled off, according to reports.
Muslim student brutally assaulted by two Trump supporters in Louisiana. Hijab ripped off. Day 1. pic.twitter.com/QkCAaZE7BT
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 10, 2016
— blicqer™ (@blicqer) November 10, 2016
Another student was robbed in San Diego and reported that her attackers abused her for being a Muslim.
— need bday money (@merbae_) November 10, 2016
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
Some wrote messages of support and solidarity to encourage others not to be cowed into removing their hijabs.
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
— Zue. (@rysnco) November 9, 2016