A young woman named Maigan Kennedy described on her Instagram how she was harassed with anti-Muslim hate speech for wearing a scarf in Cameron Village, North Carolina.
Maigan is not even Muslim, she just wore a scarf because it was raining (though that gauzy scarf couldn’t have provided much protection).
She decided not to say that she wasn’t Muslim: “I didn’t want to confirm his argument that being Muslim is somehow wrong. I also didn’t want the scene to escalate by engaging in a verbal (or, heaven forbid, physical) fight with him.” Instead, she went with a perfect, two-word response.
Her post on Instagram reads:
Went shopping in Cameron Village before going to the theatre tonight. It was raining and I had straightened my hair, so I pulled part of my infinity scarf over my head (I’m vain). Walking by one of the bars, I passed a man who scoffed loudly and called after me, “Fuc*in Muslims.” I whipped around to confront him, but I saw the smug look on his face. He wanted a fight. I didn’t want to argue his claim that I might be Muslim (though I am not), because I didn’t want to confirm his argument that being Muslim is somehow wrong. I also didn’t want the scene to escalate by engaging in a verbal (or, heaven forbid, physical) fight with him. I smiled politely and said, “Merry Christmas,” then continued walking to my car, because I opted to fight willful ignorance with kindness. My heart goes out to the Muslim men and women who experience this kind of hatred and bigotry on a daily basis. #muslimsarenotterrorists
Source: Instagram maigan_K