Muslim Americans Fear What Trump Symbolizes

Muslim Americans Fear What Trump Symbolizes

And the people he represents...

Since Donald Trump won the presidential election, Muslims across America have been met with several incidents of physical and verbal harassment.

In California, a hijabi Muslim student at San Jose University was choked in the parking lot, and at San Diego University, another Muslim student was robbed by two men making comments about Trump. In New York, 19-year-old college student Fariha Nizam was attacked on a bus by a middle-aged white couple who tried to tear off her hijab. In Georgia, a Muslim teacher was given a sickening note that read: “Mrs. Teli, your head scarf isn’t allowed anymore. Why don’t you tie it around your neck and hang yourself with it.”

And this is only just the beginning.

Muslim Americans don't fear Trump because he may throw us out of the nation or is coming to tear off our hijabs. We understand that this is a democratic nation and that there are laws in place to limit the president's power. It's expected that we will always have our First Amendment right to the freedom of speech, press, assembly and religion. However, what Muslims are afraid of and are disappointed by is what Donald Trump represents — of the people Donald Trump stands for and with. We all know who it is, so let's not beat around the bush in saying it: Trump stands for the white majority. He also won over 90 percent of the people in counties that had less than 5 percent foreign-born people and/or where less than 20 percent of the population of adults have a bachelor's degree.

Tells you something, doesn't it?

So when he won, although he has not advocated for violence against minorities, his stance against minorities has been made perfectly clear time and time again. To give credit where it's due, Trump took a step in the right direction this Sunday by telling those who were harassing minorities to "stop it," according to CNN. But because Trump has taken a misogynistic, Islamophobic, racist stance on many occasions time and time again, his supporters feel that they are right, that their suspicions are justified, that what they secretly believed but kept under wraps because it was not socially acceptable has now been proven as right all along. So now, there's nothing holding them back from running rampant across the U.S., attacking minorities left, right and center.

If Trump truly cares about unifying this nation and truly respects minorities as people, then he should address this issue and at the very least, apologize for his hateful words. Throughout his election, Trump has used choice words to insult African Americans, Hispanics, women and Muslims alike. And in the same breath, Trump has also urged those same groups to vote for him all except for Muslims, that is. Even Trump's family, from his wife Melania to his daughter Ivanka, have defended his stance on women and his relations to the black and Latino communities but never have they once addressed his harsh view of Muslim Americans nor mentioned his publicly voiced and tweeted suspicions regarding Muslim Americans. On December 4, 2015, Trump's campaign released a statement that included "recent poll findings that he says show that a sizable segment of the Muslim population has 'great hatred towards Americans,'" reported The Washington Post. "Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension," said Trump.

This was a year ago, but fast forward to July 30, 2016, and we find Trump's sticking with this narrative, having absolutely no qualms with repeating what apparently "a lot of people have said" about Khizr Khan's wife, the mother of a fallen U.S. soldier, For all the harping he's done about the media being a corrupt cesspool of misinformation, you'd think he'd take a look in the mirror, step back and research the basis of his own claims, but instead, when caught in the midst of a hoax ISIS claim, Trump said, "What do I know about it? All I know is what's on the internet."

This is just one the reasons why so many people are uncomfortable with the thought of Trump fronting as the head of the United States, because essentially, he symbolizes the morals our nation values and represents to others outside of the U.S. As our leader, Trump will have to reform his behavior, attitude and terrible habit of hate tweeting ex-beauty queens at 2:30 a.m. We can #notmypresident all we want, but when it boils down to it, if you're not moving to Canada (or any other nation), then you're in it with us all, and all of us must step up to the plate to steer our country in the right direction.

So if there's one positive point in all of this, it's that at least a majority of our nation will have to become more politically involved with their local, state and federal governments.

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'As A Woman,' I Don't Need To Fit Your Preconceived Political Assumptions About Women

I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.


It is quite possible to say that the United States has never seen such a time of divisiveness, partisanship, and extreme animosity of those on different sides of the political spectrum. Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are saturated with posts of political opinions and are matched with comments that express not only disagreement but too often, words of hatred. Many who cannot understand others' political beliefs rarely even respect them.

As a female, Republican, college student, I feel I receive the most confusion from others regarding my political opinions. Whenever I post or write something supporting a conservative or expressing my right-leaning beliefs and I see a comment has been left, I almost always know what words their comment will begin with. Or in conversation, if I make my beliefs known and someone begins to respond, I can practically hear the words before they leave their mouth.

"As a woman…"

This initial phrase is often followed by a question, generally surrounding how I could publicly support a Republican candidate or maintain conservative beliefs. "As a woman, how can you support Donald Trump?" or "As a woman, how can you support pro-life policies?" and, my personal favorite, "As a woman, how did you not want Hillary for president?"

Although I understand their sentiment, I cannot respect it. Yes, being a woman is a part of who I am, but it in no way determines who I am. My sex has not and will not adjudicate my goals, my passions, or my work. It will not influence the way in which I think or the way in which I express those thoughts. Further, your mention of my sex as the primary logic for condemning such expressions will not change my adherence to defending what I share. Nor should it.

To conduct your questioning of my politics by inferring that my sex should influence my ideology is not only offensive, it's sexist.

It disregards my other qualifications and renders them worthless. It disregards my work as a student of political science. It disregards my hours of research dedicated to writing about politics. It disregards my creativity as an author and my knowledge of the subjects I choose to discuss. It disregards the fundamental human right I possess to form my own opinion and my Constitutional right to express that opinion freely with others. And most notably, it disregards that I am an individual. An individual capable of forming my own opinions and being brave enough to share those with the world at the risk of receiving backlash and criticism. All I ask is for respect of that bravery and respect for my qualifications.

Words are powerful. They can be used to inspire, unite, and revolutionize. Yet, they can be abused, and too comfortably are. Opening a dialogue of political debate by confining me to my gender restricts the productivity of that debate from the start. Those simple but potent words overlook my identity and label me as a stereotype destined to fit into a mold. They indicate that in our debate, you cannot look past my sex. That you will not be receptive to what I have to say if it doesn't fit into what I should be saying, "as a woman."

That is the issue with politics today. The media and our politicians, those who are meant to encourage and protect democracy, divide us into these stereotypes. We are too often told that because we are female, because we are young adults, because we are a minority, because we are middle-aged males without college degrees, that we are meant to vote and to feel one way, and any other way is misguided. Before a conversation has begun, we are divided against our will. Too many of us fail to inform ourselves of the issues and construct opinions that are entirely our own, unencumbered by what the mainstream tells us we are meant to believe.

We, as a people, have become limited to these classifications. Are we not more than a demographic?

As a student of political science, seeking to enter a workforce dominated by men, yes, I am a woman, but foremost I am a scholar, I am a leader, and I am autonomous. I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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Educate Yourself And Spread Facts, Not Bias

Do you know the truth? Or are you allowing rumors to cloud your judgement of the political arena?


In our society, the government has grown to be a capitalistic effort. Payout, backroom deals, we are unaware of many actions those that represent us take behind closed doors. The transparency we think we see is unrealistic and just not the way that politics actually work. In the entire world, governance has become essential to the survival and future of society. No two governments are the same, and they are essentially ever changing as many people of power change constantly.

This being said influence from these individuals rule the political sphere. Whether it be a local councilperson, senator, governor, or even the president.IN the U.S. our daily lives and wellbeing rest in the hands of the few. Some of these politicians are honest and work genuinely for the people. However, agenda frequently takes over the arena and leaves the decisions of our livelihood to the gains of politicians.

Our generation has the lowest voter turnout, leaving the decisions that we do have to older generations. Some of those hold ideologies that are not relevant nor acceptable to the climate we live in today. This is not a call to action but more of a thought. As someone who was incredibly uninvolved in politics, I wanted to look at why I lacked the care that other people my age held so passionately. I believe it starts with my distaste of conflict, which many people my age also agree with. Politics can lead to confrontation and negative conversation.

Therefore, who would want to make friendships and interactions awkward with an avoidable subject. I found myself straying from these conversations and becoming uncomfortable when friends assert opinions that I do not agree with. However, in taking classes where this environment hinges the change in industries I study. I was forced to form some type of opinion in the matter.

From here I decided to change the lens on how I looked at politics. Instead of shying away, I really listened to what my professors felt about it and their assertions. I then did my own research, looking into the history of matters that my peers and professors talked about. Educating myself on what the facts were, versus believing in rumors that I heard through the grapevine.

I started engaging friends in a positive manner, as opposing opinions are valuable in a holistic situational viewpoint. I became comfortable in the discomfort of politics and worked to learn what may be in store for our world. My point for this is to educate yourself on genuine fact. Do not assert opinions based on information that your friend or even a professor gives you, keep your knowledge on the subject relevant.

You never know when legislation may come out that seriously effects your way of life. Most importantly, knowledge is power and power is what those that leave us in ignorance have over us.

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