SAMHAR Gowhar, 19, spoke of her disappointment towards the world when Donald Trump made his opinions on disallowing Muslims into America.
“When he says he wants Muslims to wear badges then I see people supporting him, of course I am disappointed because that is history repeating itself and religion and race aside, at the end of the day, we are all humans.”
Samhar is a very proud Muslim but has found the recent attacks have been a strain on her pride. At times she has left the house without wearing her Hijab because she is scared to hear negative comments about it. The Hijab is a traditional Muslim veil worn by women to cover the head and chest yet Samhar only feels comfortable wearing it to the mosque.
“I do want to wear it, I want to be one of those people that wear it every day, but the one thing that is stopping me from wearing it is the judgement and the stereotypes.” Samhar struggled to continue but added: “As a black woman I am already facing stereotypes so if I wear a Hijab, I really don’t think I can handle those stereotypes as well.”
She continued to stress that the media are not fairly educating the public about the recent attacks and that the public have become judgemental towards the Muslim religion because of it. As a second year student Samhar is scared for the future of her nephew and she is worried that the world is not going to hold much hope for him.
“I should be excited and wish the best for him, which I do, but looking at the world, I don’t want him to grow up. As a young Muslim I am scared he is going to be labelled as a terrorist and I know that is wrong but I feel like we’ve got a long way to go and a lot needs to change.”
Samhar wants people to have the chance to make their own opinion and be more open and understanding towards the innocent people that are being labelled without reason.
By Kimberley Harrison