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As soon as election results started to swing in Donald Trump’s favor last night, the fear among people of color, the LGBTQ community, and women was palpable on social media. One group that expressed grave concern over being the target of hate crimes were Muslim women, who wear their label of “other” around their heads or over their bodies.
Women began tweeting about how their mothers, even the devoutly religious, warned them not to wear the hijab or burkas in public.
To all my Muslim sisters who wear hijab, regardless of the outcome please be safe. Walk in groups, carry mace/tasers. May Allah protect us.
— halima (@halimahello) November 9, 2016
to my Muslim girls:
if you wear the hijab daily and you don’t feel safe today, don’t wear it. allah understands, allah forgives. stay safe💖
— aya || pinned (@rnagnusbane) November 9, 2016
Many feel such fear is warranted after Trump said he planned to ban all Muslims from entering the country, after the hate crimes and racial profiling targeted at Muslims and Arab-Americans after 9-11, and after the increase in religious hate crimes in the U.K. in the wake of Brexit.
Other people are saying they will proudly wear the hijab and not let fear overtake their faith and personhood.
Best believe my hijab will only be tighter and more visible for all to see when trumps becomes president. Black female Muslim and proud af
— ٣حانا (@Chimmyq) November 9, 2016
And while others are telling women not to give in and keep wearing the hijab, in the end, only the individual knows what will make her feel safe.
Imagine telling Muslim women they’re overreacting for being scared to wear hijab 😕
— her (@herjamila) November 9, 2016
Jessica Machado is the IRL editor of the Daily Dot. Previously, she was an associate editor at Rolling Stone. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Elle, Vice, Salon, BuzzFeed, Guernica, Bitch, Bust, the Cut, the Awl, the Toast, among others.