Hijab-wearing US Muslim Olympian claims she feels unsafe in US “all the time”


US Muslim Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad claims that she feels unsafe in the United States “all the time. I had someone follow me home from practice and try to report me to police. And this is right on 28th and 7th in New York City.”

Now, there is no way of knowing whether or not that really happened, unless the relevant police department keeps records of all the incidents in which someone was falsely reported to them. But Ibtihaj Muhammad would apparently have us believe that some “Islamophobe” on 28th and 7th saw her walking along in her hijab and reported her to the police wholly and solely for the crime of walking on 28th and 7th in a hijab. That just doesn’t ring true. The streets of New York City are frequented on a daily basis by women wearing hijabs. No one bothers them. No one goes around reporting them to police. Her claim simply does not hold up to the reality of life in New York City, or the United States, today.

Moreover, Ibtihaj Muhammad feels unsafe? And this is apparently not only because she was reported to police for walking in a hijab on 28th and 7th, but also because of “the shooting in North Carolina or the rhetoric around the Khan family at the DNC.” The Islamic supremacist victimhood industry continues to pretend that the North Carolina murders were an “anti-Muslim hate crime,” when in reality they were committed by a deranged Leftist and supporter of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Ibtihaj Muhammad invokes those murders and some rhetoric she dislikes in order to claim that Muslims are unsafe in the US; it is telling that she can invoke no incidents of actual persecution of innocent Muslims, because such incidents are, in reality, so rare. Meanwhile, non-Muslims have over the last year been murdered or targeted for murder in Orlando, San Bernardino, Chattanooga, Garland and elsewhere. Should non-Muslims feel unsafe in the presence of Muslims? Or is that very question “Islamophobic”?

Ibtihaj Muhammad: Unsafe in the US

Ibtihaj Muhammad: Unsafe in the US

“Rio 2016: US Muslim fencer ‘doesn’t feel safe’ due to anti-Muslim sentiment in America,” by Olivia Blair, Independent, August 8, 2016:

An American Muslim fencer, who is the country’s first Olympian to wear a hijab, says she does not feel safe in the US due to the country’s increased anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Ibtihaj Muhammad, 30, is currently in Rio de Janeiro preparing to represent the US in sabre fencing. She is ranked eighth in the world and is gearing up for her first Olympics after missing the 2012 London games because of a hand injury.

While much has been reported of concerns over health and safety in the Brazilian city, Muhammad says she feels unsafe in the US.

“[I feel unsafe] all the time. I had someone follow me home from practice and try to report me to police,” she told the Daily Beast. “And this is right on 28th and 7th in New York City.

“I’m very vocal about these things because I want people to know I’m not a novelty, I’m not special in any way. I’m a woman who wears hijab and these are my experiences.”

The New Jersey-born athlete said the US is at a point where it needs to change its dialogue following incidents like Donald Trump’s recent dig at a Muslim couple who spoke at the Democrat National Conference about their son who died in action fighting for the US.

“I want people to know that as hard as [these incidents] are on me, they don’t come even close to things we’ve seen like the shooting in North Carolina or the rhetoric around the Khan family at the DNC. It’s ridiculous and we as a country have to change and I feel like this is our moment,” she said….

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