Face to Face with Islamophobia in Washington DC


Washington cabbie threatens Rep Ilhan Omar for wearing a hijab

By: Rep Ilhan Omar
Somaliland sun- I spent yesterday afternoon at the White House, learning about policy ideas states could implement in the areas I am passionate about.
On my way to our hotel, I got in a cab and became subjected to the most hateful, derogatory, islamophobic, sexist taunts and threats I have ever experienced.
The cab driver called me ISIS and threatened to remove my hijab, I wasn’t really sure how this encounter would end as I attempted to rush out of his cab and retrieve my belongs.
I am still shaken by this incident and can’t wrap my head around how bold being are becoming in displaying their hate towards Muslims. I pray for his humanity and for all those who harbor hate in their hearts
The author Ilan Omar, is the first Somali-American lawmaker in the USA after election to the Minnesota state legislature

Ilhan at the White House learning about policy ideas prior to being threatened by a cabbie

Ilhan Omar, The state representative-elect from Minneapolis to file report.