After thinking about it for a couple of months, and more intensively post-election, I’ve decided that I’m going to start wearing hijab again.
I can’t ignore the potential good I can do by being friendly, articulate, very American, and visibly Muslim at the same time. I went back and forth about it for a long time, both because I’m worried about appropriating the dress of a community that I’m not actively participating in right now, and because to be honest I worry about my safety here in the Springs.
But I know too many people personally who looked at a candidate who ran on a platform of hurting me and didn’t see that as a dealbreaker. Or who don’t think that the policies he’s proposing to hurt me are something we need to worry about.
I need to be a visible reminder to those people that “The Muslims” are not just a shadowy other.
I am their friend. I am their client. I am the friendly stranger next to them in line. I am a human being. And I am at risk.
I’m going to play it by ear and take breaks if the asshole factor gets too high. But I think that there’s a lot of good I can do. My first in-hijab outing was to the local UU church this morning, and I’ve already gotten opportunities to disabuse someone of the notion that Muslims ate dogs and explain to someone else that as a 32 year old fiber artist in Colorado, I didn’t really have a plan for mid-East peace. So hey, progress.