A Story of Bigotry and Hope

Here’s a story out of New Mexico that will both enrage you and give you hope. A Muslim woman was shopping at a grocery store with a headscarf on and another woman started berating her, telling her to leave and calling her a terrorist. But employees and other shoppers intervened to protect her.

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Credit: JMacpherson https://www.flickr.com/photos/lipstickproject/16195812463

“I went down the aisle to go get sodas and then all of a sudden I hear somebody starting to yell at her,” Barney Lopez, who was grocery shopping for his evening dinner, told the news station. “They’re saying things like ‘Get out of our country, you don’t belong here, you’re a terrorist!’”

Lopez said shoppers converged on the scene to defend the woman wearing a hijab, with one employee positioning himself between the woman and her attacker.

“There was even another woman that like went over to the woman in the hijab and put her arm around her and gave her hug and held her while the Smith’s employees came,” he said, noting the other ‘employees shuffled the shouting lady out of the store.”

This is really important. We need to be real allies to those who are likely to be victimized more often in Trump’s America. We need to confront those people who will seek to marginalize those people even further. Here’s a local news report about it:

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