America’s oldest Muslim families on the Trump presidency: ‘This can’t deter us’

Source: The Guardian


When Alyssa Haughwout heard the news that Donald Trump had become the president-elect of the United States, her first thought was about the century-old mosque she cares for.

“I’m not really worried, knock on wood,” said the 31-year-old native of Brooklyn and third-generation American of Lipka Tatar descent. “But when Trump got elected, my first thought was: ‘We should get a security camera. We don’t have a video in the front. Let’s just do that.’” The community has since started the process of upgrading its security system.

Amid a reported spike in hate incidents in recent years and since the election, centenarian Muslim communities across the country – whose families have been in the country as long as Trump’s, if not longer – are wondering what will come next. Generations before the president-elect irrationally claimed “Islam hates us”on national television, their parents and grandparents were writing the story of what it means to be an American Muslim, from the streets of Brooklyn to the plains of North Dakota.

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