Since the shocking/surprising/some say disturbing results of the presidential election and the appointment of Donald Trump as president, Muslim women have started posting on Twitter about how they are now afraid to wear the hijab in public.
Here are a sampling of their remarks:
Jannatin tweeted: “My mom literally just texted me ‘don’t wear the Hijab please’ and she’s the most religious person in our family….
Claude tweeted: “3 of my muslims friends, whom i’ve never seen without a hijab before, came to school without them today, because they were afraid.”
Halima tweeted: “To all my Muslim sisters who wear hijab, regardless of the outcome please be safe. Walk in groups, carry mace/tasers. May Allah protect us.”
As Slate concludes: “It’s no surprise, then, that hate crimes against American Muslims have skyrocketed in 2015 and 2016 to their highest levels since the immediate post-9/11 era. Hundreds of attacks have taken place since the beginning of last year. Mosques have been burned and defaced and shot at, men beaten, women spat on… Muslim-American women who woke up this morning afraid to wear their hijabs aren’t being paranoid about their safety in Donald Trump’s America. They know exactly where they stand.”