A young woman named Maigan Kennedy was shopping in Cameron Village, North Carolina when she was a victim of a Muslim hate crime.
Although Kennedy is not Muslim, a stranger viewed her as one because she was wearing a scarf on her head. It was raining outside, and Kennedy forgot to bring an umbrella. Because her headscarf looked like a Muslim headdress, the man audibly scoffed, “Fuc*in’ Muslims” as Kennedy passed by.
You would think that Kennedy would snap back at the man, but instead, she responded with pure elegance and class. She simply said, “Merry Christmas” and walked away.
Kennedy says, “He wanted a fight. I didn’t want to argue his claim that I might be Muslim (though I am not), because I didn’t want to confirm his argument that being Muslim is somehow wrong.”
How beautiful was this woman’s response?
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Her caption reads:
Went shopping in Cameron Village before going to the theatre tonight. It was raining and I had straightened my hair, so I pulled part of my infinity scarf over my head (I’m vain). Walking by one of the bars, I passed a man who scoffed loudly and called after me, “Fuc*in’ Muslims.” I whipped around to confront him, but I saw the smug look on his face. He wanted a fight. I didn’t want to argue his claim that I might be Muslim (though I am not), because I didn’t want to confirm his argument that being Muslim is somehow wrong. I also didn’t want the scene to escalate by engaging in a verbal (or, heaven forbid, physical) fight with him. I smiled politely and said, “Merry Christmas,” then continued walking to my car, because I opted to fight willful ignorance with kindness. My heart goes out to the Muslim men and women who experience this kind of hatred and bigotry on a daily basis. #muslimsarenotterrorists