Wearing an Islamic supremacist headbag, and carrying a poster that is insulting to all Americans, Muslim woman Baraa Ktiri (right) said: “Here I am.” “I want people to see me.” She stood in a security line for hours, surrounded by Trump supporters who ignored her, most likely, because she had an anti-American message to deliver.
Religion News Baraa Ktiri didn’t support Donald Trump for president and recoiled at the anti-Muslim bigotry she heard from his campaign. But the 23-year-old, hijab-wearing Brooklynite wanted to be at his swearing-in.
Just by showing up as a visibly Muslim person, she said, she reminds people that Muslims are part of the fabric of America. (Sorry cupcake, that oft-repeated Obama lie about Muslims just died when Trump became president). Donald Trump talked about Muslims on the campaign trail.
Well, said the New York University graduate, here is one of the people he was talking about. (Are you here legally?)
“I live in this country too and just because you don’t see me everyday doesn’t mean I don’t exist,” Ktiri said. (We don’t want to see your kind here anymore) But she actually wanted more than to be seen. She wanted to engage.
Though Ktiri approached no one directly, she made eye contact, and kept her face open and friendly. She intended to make it clear that anyone could start up a conversation. She was hoping for questions about why she came, about Islam — anything. (Americans know all about Islam now, and they don’t like it)
There were no takers. Still, standing in an endless line heading toward the National Mall on Inauguration Day, she felt she accomplished something. “My presence is a present,” she said, quoting a Kanye West song. (Your presence is an intrusion)
Ktiri’s hours of waiting in line brought her closer to the Mall, but not close enough to pass through security in time to view the inauguration, where Trump drew the loudest cheers after he promised to eradicate “Islamic terrorism.”Ktiri, a Moroccan-American raised in a Detroit suburb, said that while disappointed that no one engaged her on Inauguration Day, neither was anyone mean to her. (Nobody cares who you are as long as you don’t throw your filthy cult in our faces all the time)
Was Ktiri nervous about showing up in her hijab to an inauguration so packed with people who voted for a man who called for a registry of Muslims, and took counsel from a general who called Islam a “cancer“?
She said she understands, though, why nobody talked to her. Many people who came to the inauguration may never have met a Muslim before, and talking to her would have put them out of their comfort zones. (Many people have met Muslims and don’t like them. Period)
“No, this is nothing new,” she said, explaining that she’s been the lone, obviously Muslim person in groups before. Just the other day her mother encouraged her and her friends to go to an anti-Trump protest organized by filmmaker Michael Moore.