going to guess this is fake.... Starts with this actually happened.
This actually happened.
I was crossing a small street in an outdoor mall near my home with my boys. I was carrying some bags, my 2-year-old, and holding the hand of my 6-year-old. Basically my arms were full.
A car came rolling through the intersection and the driver was looking out her side window to see if other cars were coming. She had a stop sign but wasn't stopping. She didn't see us at all. She didn't look ahead.
We were already in the middle of the intersection. I didn't have time to move out of the way without risking dropping my son or making my other son fall. If I stood there we would've been hit for sure.
With literally a second to spare I pulled my son to my other side and swung my leg out to kick the woman's car, hoping to make a loud enough thud to get her attention. The jolt pushed me back and I lost my balance but caught myself before tumbling to the ground. The woman driving realized she nearly ran us over and slammed on her brakes.
My initial instinct was to ensure my kids were okay. After quickly checking on them I looked up at the woman, who admittedly looked horrified but didn't say anything. Instead, she quickly drove off.
As we walked across the street the woman behind the car that almost hit us rolled down her window and yelled out, "YOU F---ING FOREIGNERS. GET THE HELL OUTTA MY COUNTRY. YOU'RE A DISGRACE!"
My 6-year-old was visibly shaken and grabbed my hand tightly. There were about a dozen people who stopped and turned and stared at us. No one said a single word. Nothing. The woman who cursed us out drove off as well. My son spent the next hour asking me a thousand different ways why she was angry at us and what we did wrong?
6 and 2. That's how old my kids are. One born in Chicago, the other in Richmond. But for the "crime" of almost being run over, they are already being labeled as "F---ING FOREIGNERS."
If you think the rhetoric from the far right doesn't have real consequences, if you think ignorantly conflating Islam and Muslims with Daesh terrorists doesn't have real consequences, if you think demanding a stop to all Muslim immigrants doesn't have real consequences, then look in the eyes of my boys and tell them that you were that woman who yelled at them from the car.
At least that way they'll know to avoid you, and can carry on with dignity in the face of ignorance.
Because as we stood there with everyone staring at us is silence, I knew that yelling back with vulgarity would only further condemn us. And I did what I hope my kids do when they inevitably face such intolerance in the future, carried on with my dignity.
"And the servants of the Gracious God are those who walk on the earth in a dignified manner, and when the ignorant address them, they say, ‘Peace!’" - Qur'an 25;64