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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Hard to believe it's been a year....

After about a year of our new president, there is definitely much to be said. There have been highs, and there have been lows (in my opinion, quite a few more), but we are ultimately all still here a year later; this is truly an accomplishment.

Best Moments

1. Calling attention to the integrity of the media

With many fabricated news stories coming out throughout the election cycle and then afterward, it is important to maintain journalistic integrity because this is a vehicle to the truth. Trump has done a good job of bringing this to the forefront of the public mind and reminding us to question everything that we read.

2. Trying to work with Democrats

As America has become more and more polarized lately, it is genuinely positive that he has made SOME effort to bridge the gap and work together.

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Unemployment is at a 17-year low, and the market is growing. This is part of the natural cycle of the economy, but still -- we need to give him one.

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Because we all know they need it after these unnecessary wars.

5. Counterterrorism

Trump has killed militants in Afghanistan without hurting any other civilians.

6. Got us out of school Monday!

Yeah, I felt that traffic from the presidential motorcade here for the CFP Championship...

Worst Moments

1. Like, every tweet.

Uh... has someone told him that the president of the United States of America shouldn't be insulting other countries?

2. Pulled out of the Paris Agreement

Our environment... sustainability... we are now the only country that hasn't signed it.

3. Attempted to ban Muslims from entering the country

This has contributed wildly to stereotyping and Islamophobia within the U.S. We cannot blindly feed prejudice like this and then also claim democracy has a place here.

4. Response to certain internal terrorist attacks

Charlottesville deserved condemnation. So did the Vegas attack. Especially given how vocal Trump was when it came to Islamic terror.

5. Approved the Keystone Pipeline

...and then it spilled. We claim to care about Native Americans and their heritage, yet we blatantly ignored it and built the pipeline anyway. Then it did exactly what everyone feared and contaminated the earth.

6. Kept that haircut...

With that much money, he could get whatever hair he really wanted...

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