A Muslim woman was verbally and physically abused when three drunkards at a New York City subway chanted “Donald Trump” and tried to rip off her hijab, the police said.
The violent interaction was witnessed by dozens of commuters, not one of whom came to the rescue of the woman.
Yasmin Seweid, 18, a business student at Baruch College in Manhattan, recounted the incident and said she had just left an event at her college when three men approached her. They kept yelling Trump’s name repeatedly as she boarded the train and said to her, “ Look it’s a f***ing terrorist,” wrote Seweid on her Facebook page.
She also said they told her to “Get the hell out of the country!” and, “You don’t belong here!”
Seweid, who was born in Brooklyn to Egyptian immigrant parents, replied, “I born and raised in this country,” she told The News. “I’m an American, you know?”
However, the trio chose to ignore her words and broke her bag strap when they pulled at it to get her attention.
“That’s when I turned around and said, ‘Can you please leave me alone,’ and they started laughing,” Seweid recounted.
She tried to lose them by walking to the other end of the train but the three Islamophobes followed her and then tried to snatch off her headscarf.
“Take that thing off!” they hollered. “What the f***?” screamed Seweid as she tried to hold on to her scarf.
The college student was not just stunned by the attack, but also by the indifferent attitudes of the passengers who did nothing to help her out.
Seweid fled from the attack and reported the incident to the police.
Her father, Sayeed Seweid, was also extremely angered.
“Nobody even offered to help an 18-year-old girl,” he said. “That means something. Her phone was dying. You offer help — it doesn’t matter the race, religion or the country.”
“It breaks my heart that so many individuals chose to be bystanders while watching me get harassed verbally and physically by these disgusting pigs,” wrote Seweid.
“Trump America is real and I witnessed it firsthand last night! What a traumatizing night,” she added.
Following the racist incident, many people on Twitter expressed their support for Seweid.
I stand in solidarity w/ Yasmin Seweid & all American Muslims following this hateful act https://t.co/P3OPIGB5mv— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) December 3, 2016
Shame #NYC: "People were looking at me and looking at what was happening and no one said a thing. They just looked away," Yasmin Seweid.— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) December 3, 2016
The police tried to identify the three men with the help of surveillance video, but so far, no arrests have been made.
This incident is yet another in the long list of hate crimes since Trump’s election. The Southern Poverty Law Center on Nov. 29 released a new report detailing the impact of President-elect Trump’s victory and recorded 867 incidents of hate crime.