At the event yesterday in South Carolina a 56-year-old flight attendant wearing a hijab was kicked out, apparently because she is a Muslim. Rose Hamid had the temerity to stand up in silent protest when Trump got to the part about Syrian refugees being terrorists.
Supporters chanted Trump’s name. That’s what you’re supposed to do, you see, when confronted with Trump’s big ole brain. In fact, they were instructed to do so before the event as a response to any protest (Well, at least in South Carolina there was no risk of having your coat taken away and being tossed out into the cold to freeze).
As CNN’s Jeremy Diamond tweeted,
So there were Hamid and Marty Rosenbluth, who had been seated beside her, standing up and enduring a torrent of abuse. She was wearing a “Salam, I come in peace” t-shirt, which all terrorists wear, as you know.
So they had to go, because Trump’s campaign had told the police that “anybody who made any kind of disturbance” was to be taken out. Standing is apparently a disturbance. Or maybe it’s just being Muslim.
There were boos and shouts of “Get out!” and “You have a bomb, you have a bomb.” Because when these low-lifes see a hijab it means there’s a bomb somewhere. Her belief, she said afterward, is that people get so caught up in the hate they don’t know what they’re saying.
Afterward, Hamid told CNN “The ugliness really came out fast and that’s really scary.” Which is in stark contrast to what she said before the event, that she wasn’t scared because “people are mostly decent.”
One can only imagine. She’s a brave woman for even showing up at an event like that. And she found out just how decent some of them can be. Even so, she said she some of those around her, as she was about to be ejected, told her they were sorry.
“The people around me who I had an opportunity to talk with were very sweet,” she said. “The people I did not make contact with, the people who Trump influenced were really nasty.”
The Trump campaign couldn’t – or wouldn’t – explain exactly why a person doing nothing had to be kicked out. But once Hamid and three others had been escorted out by helpful police, Trump turned to the crowd and said,
“There is hatred against us that is unbelievable. It’s their hatred, it’s not our hatred.”
Only in Trump-land is such a thing to be believed.
Trump supporters were there with their ready excuses for what happened:
Because if you hear a white person shot somebody, you must immediately assume a hostile attitude toward all white people you come across, right? No, that’s not what happens, is it?
In the end, Hamid made her point:
“This demonstrates how when you start dehumanizing the other it can turn people into very hateful, ugly people. It needs to be known.”
I think it is known. Sadly, the people responsible revel in it like fascists of old, rather than being ashamed.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.
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