First US Hijab-Wearing Olympic Muslim “Doesn’t Feel Safe In America”

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The first hijab-wearing from United States doesn’t feel safe in Anerica, a country she calls home and represents at the olympics. 

Ibtihaj Muhammad, 30, is currently in Rio de Janeiro getting ready to represent the US in sabre fencing. She is ranked eighth in the world and is gearing up for her first Olympics after missing the 2012 London games because of a hand injury.

From the independent: 

“[I feel unsafe] all the time. I had someone follow me home from practice and try to report me to police,” she told the Daily Beast. “And this is right on 28th and 7th in New York City. 

“I’m very vocal about these things because I want people to know I’m not a novelty, I’m not special in any way. I’m a woman who wears hijab and these are my experiences.”

The New Jersey-born athlete said the US is at a point where it needs to change its dialogue following incidents like Donald Trump’s recent dig at a Muslim couple who spoke at the Democrat National Conference about their son who died in action fighting for the US. 

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