So I ordered food from a new place in town today (quite good too) and my order was late. Then it was really late. Then it was so late that my kids were having the hunger meltdown that I was trying to avoid by ordering said food. So I called the place and they had forgotten my order. The gentleman on the phone asked if I still wanted it and apologized and assured me it would be here quickly. So I said, no biggie (I understand that small stores get crazy some days) and no need to apologize, I still want my order.
Cut to 20 minutes later. A young man, (about my height but half my size) comes in wearing a pro-Israel shirt and a VERY shocked face. "Are you the person who ordered from Fat Burrito?", he asked with his hand still on the door looking a little skittish. "Sure! Thanks for coming so quickly!" Now the shock is melting, but I think he was still a little confused by the whole situation... I got a discount that I returned as a tip, and the poor guy left looking a little befuddled.
I'm sure he was thinking to himself here I am wearing this shirt, and that lady in the veil is gonna refuse the order or something. No way, I am totally fine with opinions everyone has one. Wear it on your shirt if you like. No hard feelings. But you see I don't really look very liberal or understanding, do I?
What's the moral of the story UmmLayla? You may be asking.
Stereotypes are bad, and they contribute to a lot of unwanted behavior. So, I promise not to judge you for your pro-Israel, Jesus Saves, or Blessed Be shirt... And you don't assume anything about my hijab. Sssallright? Sssallright.
And a sidebar... Who else (other than Muslim women) is out there wearing their beliefs and facing this on a daily basis????? We don't even need t-shirts!