Heba Abolaban – a Muslim woman living in Boston – was attacked by a crazed man two days after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Abolaban was walking with a friend when a man punched her in the shoulder, and began yelling at her.
“He was screaming, ‘F*** you Muslims! You are terrorists! I hate you! You are involved in the Boston explosions! F*** you!’” Abolaban said. “Oh my lord, I was extremely shocked.”
“I did not say anything to him. Not even that we aren’t terrorists…he was so aggressive.” Abolaban says the man’s verbal assault continued for two minutes before he left. She then called 911 and her husband. “The police came and were so kind and helpful,” she said.
“Even if a Muslim man was the one behind the Boston Marathon blasts, he does not represent our beautiful and peaceful religion,” she added.
There is absolutely no excuse for racism, bigotry and hate; even in the wake of the senseless tragedy in Boston.
As Tim Wise pointed out in a recent essay:
White privilege is knowing that even if the Boston Marathon bomber turns out to be white, his or her identity will not result in white folks generally being singled out for suspicion by law enforcement, or the TSA, or the FBI.
White privilege is knowing that even if the bomber turns out to be white, no one will call for whites to be profiled as terrorists as a result, subjected to special screening, or threatened with deportation.