Needless to say a Muslim woman who was removed from a Trump rally as she stood “quietly in protest” has spawned a heated debate with very adamant opinions coming from two polarized sides of this debate. Before Trump’s North Carolina rally even began, the people in the audience were told that protesting of any kind would not be tolerated.
The woman was led out of the rally and later identified herself for all the media waiting to talk with her. She is 56-year-old Rosa Hamid, who is a Muslim. She stood up in the audience in the section located behind Trump on the stage.
Hamid protested without saying a word while donned in a white hijab, wearing a yellow eight-pointed star on her blue T-shirt that read: “Salam, I come in peace,” according to MSN News on January 9. She was soon joined by several other protesters wearing the same yellow eight-pointed star, which carried the symbol “Stop Islamophobia.”
The yellow star is reminiscent of the six-pointed yellow star the Jews were forced to wear by the Nazi’s during the Holocaust. According to MSN News it has been used in protests before.
As Trump spoke the crowd erupted into a chant of “Trump! Trump! Trump!” They were holding up their campaign signs while saying their steady streams of “Trump!” According to MSN News, that was the “formal sign for security to remove her from the rally.”
Her protest, however silent, beckoned the other protesters to join in, prompting the crowd in the arena to retaliate with the chant. As the audience was warned, a protest would not be condoned and the woman was removed by security.
Hamid said she stood there silently in that protest because she thought that most of Trump’s supporters probably have never met a Muslim. Hamid said about her silent protest: “This demonstrates how when you start dehumanizing the other, it can turn people into very hateful, ugly people. It needs to be known.”
While being led out of the venue, Hamid told reporters that some of the people who were sitting around her apologized as she was being taken to the exit. Hamid told the media that one Trump supporter accused her of having a bomb as others yelled “get out,” according to The Times of India today.
Soon after news of this woman being shown the door at the rally hit the news, a prominent Muslim advocacy group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), called on Trump to apologize. They released a statement that condemned Hamid’s removal. “The image of a Muslim woman being abused and ejected from a political rally sends a chilling message to American Muslims,” CAIR executive director Nihad Awad said in a statement.
The removal of this woman didn’t focus around the fact that she is a Muslim. If a protester was standing up and silently ridiculing Trump’s hair with a sign, they would have been shown the exit. It was a protester interrupting the rally who was shown the door.
Hamid knew the consequences for what she was about to do before she did it. Although the consequences may have been the goal she was after as this gave her the 15 minutes of fame to get in the spotlight to have her say. Did she stand in quiet protest because she had a hidden agenda that entailed getting tossed out of rally and being flooded with microphones to state her views?
Others saw this as a Muslim woman being targeted for doing nothing but proclaiming she came in peace. If any other protester stood conveying with symbols that they were Catholic, British, Protestant, Scottish, American, a school teacher, a carpenter or a doctor coming in peace and if they caused an interruption like Hamid did, they would have probably been escorted out.
Was Hamid looking for this type of reaction in hopes of having her say in front of the cameras? This seems to be a case of a protester causing an interruption and being led out the door. Not the case of being shown the door just because she was a Muslim. Hamid did this blatantly after the entire arena had been warned that protesting would not be tolerated.