A young Muslim woman’s face was viciously slashed on the streets of Lower Manhattan Thursday evening, after the psychotic attacker called her a “f*cking terrorist.”
According to police, the 20-year-old woman who is of Middle Eastern descent, was leaving the cosmetology school she attends. Reports indicate she was wearing a “scarf,” but do not specify if it was a hijab. She was simply walking along, when the deranged madman came up behind her and grabbed her by the arm. He then called her a “fucking terrorist” and slashed her face.
The victim ran back to her school after the attack, where she called a family member who called 911 for her. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for medical treatment for the 2-inch gash on her cheek left by the attack.
She’s got a noticeable sized cut to the left side of her cheek,” said a police official. “We got a victim that is able to tell us what happened.”
The violent assailant fled the scene of the crime after the gruesome attack, but police were scouring the area in search of him. He was described as a white man wearing a black hat and a black jacket. Police say there have been a slew of random slashings in the city lately, but they are investigating this incident as a possible hate crime.
But being that he called the young Muslim woman a “fucking terrorist” before he sliced her face open, it seems pretty clear what at least part of the motivation for this attack was.
Islamaphobia and violent acts against Muslims have increased to the point that they are almost a daily occurrence. The rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has fueled the hatred of Muslims in the United States. Even a young girl leaving school isn’t safe from the “Trump Effect” and the “poorly educated” bigots it has empowered to commit these atrocious acts of violence.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.