Yasmin Seweid, a business student at Baruch College in Manhattan had just left an on-campus event when she was allegedly verbally and physically attacked by three drunk white men on a New York City subway Thursday night. Repeatedly yelling “Donald Trump,” the men attempted to remove her hijab, police say, according to The New York Daily News.
These ‘Men’ Verbally And Physically Assaulted This Poor Woman In The Name Of Trump
BuzzFeed reports the men told her “Look it’s a fucking terrorist.” That’s what they thought in their drunken and magical world of Trump.
In a Facebook post, she noted they also yelled “Get the hell out of the country!” and, “You don’t belong here!”
But Seweid was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her parents are Egyptian immigrants.
She says she asked the men to stop bothering her, but they laughed and kept on as other riders watched. So she moved to the back of the train, but they followed her and tried to pull off her hijab, yelling “Take that thing off!”
On Facebook, Seweid expressed disappointment that others on the train didn’t intervene when the men attacked her.
“It breaks my heart that so many individuals chose to be bystanders while watching me get harassed verbally and physically by these disgusting pigs,” she wrote. “Trump America is real and I witnessed it first hand last night! What a traumatizing night.”
Couldn’t someone have said something or stepped in? What’s wrong with people? The only way this kind of behavior is going to stop is if we help put a stop to it.
The incident is under investigation, a spokesperson for the New York Police Department said.
The encounter terrified the 18-year-old.
“I heard them say something very loudly, something about Donald Trump … I also heard them say the word terrorist and I sort of got a little scared,” Seweid told The Daily News.
The young business major was on her way home on an uptown No. 6 platform at the 23rd St. and Park Ave. stop around 10 p.m. when the men accosted her, yelling as she boarded a train.
Seweid said she was shocked.
“I was born and raised in this country,” she noted. “I’m an American, you know?”
So she tried ignoring the drunken fools, but that didn’t work. They pulled on her bag to get her attention, breaking the strap.
“That’s when I turned around and said, ‘can you please leave me alone,’ and they started laughing,” she said.
She made her way to the other end of the train, but the men followed her, trying to pull off her hijab.
“Take that thing off!” they yelled.
“I put my hand on top of my head to hold it,” she said. “Then I turned around and screamed ‘what the (expletive).’”
Seweid got off the train at the Grand Central Terminal on E. 42nd St. and contacted police.
Her dad, Sayeed Seweid, 55, said he was also upset that no one helped defend his daughter.
“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.”
Shaking and crying, Seweid made her way to Penn Station, where she found an outlet to charge her dying phone and contacted her father. Fortunately, the attack only left her shaken, not injured.
Her father came and picked her up and they talked with police well into the early morning hours before going home.
She sat with police on Friday and tried to spot the men on surveillance video, her father said. No arrests have been made.
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But this is just one incident in a rapidly growing list of bias crimes in New York City since Trump’s election, The Daily News notes. Police say 34 bias-related incidents were reported from Nov. 8 through Nov. 27. In the same time period last year, there were only 13 incidents reported.
“American Muslims, and particularly men and women who wear religious attire, are being increasingly targeted by hate nationwide in the wake of the Nov. 8 election,” said Afaf Nasher, executive director of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
This incident terrorized Seweid.
But of the incidents reported between Nov. 8 and Nov. 27, 18 were anti-Semitic in nature, compared to five during the same period last year. And five of the incidents have been anti-LGBT, one incident was anti-black, while two of the incidents targeted Muslims. An additional five incidents were anti-white.
On Nov. 29, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report that demonstrated the impact Trump’s election has had on the number of hate crimes committed nationwide. In the weeks that have followed his election, the organization has recorded 867 hate incidents. Out of that number, 206 happened in public places.
And as Trump continues to talk about deporting Muslims, more crimes like what happened to Yasmin Seweid will continue to happen. Welcome to Trump’s America.
In the video below, Seweid discusses what happened and how this left her feeling.[brid video=”82752″ player=”5260″ title=”Muslim Woman Harassed On Subway”]