A recently surfaced CCTV video shows three young men, apparently prowling the streets and ready to bully people who don’t look like them, following a young boy down the street in Queens, New York.
The young man turned around to take a look at his surroundings when one of the thugs pounced and punched the victim twice, according to the NYPD. When the victim tried to push his attacker away, the second man came forward and yelled, “ISIS! ISIS!”
While the surveillance footage does not show the alleged attack, it does show another young man standing nearby wearing a baseball cap. Apparently, when these three bullies heard somebody else approaching, they ran away.
The 19-year-old victim, whose identity wasn't revealed, sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention. Police are on the lookout for the attackers.
This hate crime follows the lead of many others, especially after the uproar that the worldwide immigrant crisis has caused. There have been Muslim women who report being spat at, having their hijabs taken off in public spaces, yelled at to go "back to Islam" — a feat that is entirely impossible, given that Islam is not a place.
This reductionist, monotone perception, where Muslims want nothing more than to impose their view of religion onto everyone else, has left no place for alternate narratives for Muslims who are artists and players and just plain good human beings.