Hijabi US Muslim woman lawmaker harassed with hateful, Islamophobic language by her cab driver

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Hijabi US Muslim woman lawmaker Ilhan Omar. Image from WCCO - CBS Local.
Hijabi US Muslim woman lawmaker Ilhan Omar. Image from WCCO - CBS Local.
Hijabi US Muslim woman lawmaker Ilhan Omar. Image from WCCO – CBS Local.

Washington : The United States’ first Somali-American Muslim legislator said on Wednesday that she was harassed with “hateful” and “Islamophobic” language by her cab driver while visiting Washington.

Ilhan Omar a former refugee, who wears the hijab, was elected in November to the legislature of the Midwestern state of Minnesota. She said the “taunts and threats” occurred after she left policy discussions at the White House and headed to her hotel, Daily Nation News reported.

“I got in a cab and became subjected to the most hateful, derogatory, Islamophobic, and threats I have ever experienced,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

“The cab driver called me ISIS and threatened to remove my hijab.” Omar said she rushed to leave the vehicle and wrote on Facebook that she planned to report the incident once she returned to Minneapolis, as the driver knew where she was staying in Washington.

“I am still shaken by this incident and can’t wrap my head around how bold beings are becoming in displaying their hate towards Muslims,” Omar wrote.

The lawmaker’s victory was notable in a campaign season that saw Republican Donald Trump disparage Muslim immigrants and refugees before going on to win the White House.

The FBI last month reported that hate crimes against Muslims in the US surged 67 percent in 2015 to the highest level since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The bureau’s Uniform Crime Report documented 257 anti-Muslim hate crimes, up from 154 in 2014.

Trump railed against Muslims and immigrants during the presidential race. In its final week, the real estate magnate had targeted the Somali community in the state, where he ultimately lost to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton 45 to 47 percent.

Nearly a third of Somali refugees resettled in the US live in Minnesota. They number around 25,000 according to 2010 data, the latest available.—SM/IINA

3 COMMENTS

  1. I WONDER ABOUT AMERICANS AND EUROPEANS.CHRISTIANS IN WEST HARDLY FOLLOW TEACHINGS OF BIBLE.

    WESTERN CHRISTIAN GOVTS LEGALISE WHATEVER IS FOR BIDDEN IN BIBLE,WHICH IS GRAVE SIN INVITING WRATH OF GOD…

    CHILDREN OUT OF WEDLOCK,ILLLEGITIMATE SEX,HOMOSEXUALITY.LESBIANISM,PORN FILMS.NUDITY….ARE CONSIDERED GRAVE SINS AND THERE ARE STORIES OF HOW PEOPLE WERE PUNISHED FOR COMMITTING THESE CRIMES……..IN BIBLE….

    I HOPE THERE MUST BE SOMEWHERE GOOD CHRISTIANS WHO TRULY UNDERSTAND WHAT BIBLE IS AND ITS TEACHINGS…

    COMEOUT GOOD CHRISTIANS AND FIGHT THE FORCES SUPPORTING ANTI CHRISTS

    • Only last week, a Somali Muslims Terrorist who had lived in Pakistan stabbed students in US University chanting Islamic nuisance. He was shot dead by police. Now this muslim terrorist was accepted in USA as a refugee and his food, housing medical was paid mostly by non muslims taxes. This is how this muslim nut paid them back. There has been many many instances at Minnesota airport where Muslims refugee cab driver refuse to give ride to blinds with guide dogs, or passengers carrying alcohol. It is when authority took action and told they could be sent back that thry got in line. Then these Muslims wanted a separate fart room at airport. My suggestion to this muslim lady is to go back to Somali and join BOKO HARAM and be a third or 4 wife of jihadi illiterate islamic nut. NO ISLAMOPHOBIA THERE.

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