The man who spat at her didn’t know her. He didn’t know her name or the fact that it meant ‘beautiful’ in Urdu. He didn’t know that she was a talented artist and a brilliant student. He didn’t know about all her hard work raising funds for cancer research or the long hours she spent increasing environmental awareness in our school. He knew nothing of this. All he knew was that she was wearing a hijab and her choice to do so made her a target for his hatred.
Days after the 9/11 attacks, an American-Sikh man, Balbir Singh Sodhi, was killed by someone who told friends he was going out “to shoot some towel heads”. Beyond the fact of the killer’s ignorance of the difference between Sikhism and Islam is that the fact that the killer’s religion was not cited as a reason for his attack.
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