Ignorance and fear are at the root of hate crimes. So the details behind the latest instance of anti-Muslim violence recently in Houston should come as no surprise to anyone.
ABC affiliate KTRK-TV reports that a $5,000 reward has been offered to help apprehend the two dumb cowards who stabbed a Houston nurse wearing a hijab after they nearly sideswiped her car as she was driving home from work yesterday.
The victim, a white woman who will remain anonymous for her protection, got out of her car after the close call to make sure that her vehicle hadn’t been damaged. As she was inspecting the car, the perpetrators made a u-turn in their red SUV and pulled up behind the victim’s car on the side of the road.
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At that point, according to KTRK, the “driver reportedly got out of his SUV and began shouting obscenities and racial and religious slurs such as, “Oh my God, it’s a r**head,” “It’s an f***ing r**head,” “sand n*****” and other derogatory terms.”
The victim, certain that his reaction was due to her Islamic headscarf and the driver’s road rage, tried to get back into her vehicle from the passenger side, but the door was locked.
“At that point the attacker began waving a knife in the victim’s face and then hit her with its handle on her shoulder and arms,” the news report revealed. “A man who was riding in the alleged attacker’s SUV got out and tried to restrain him, but not before the woman was stabbed in the arm. The attacker’s passenger reportedly convinced him to get back in his SUV and they left the scene,” the story continued.
Once the attackers fled, the woman returned to the hospital at which she works to get medical attention for her bleeding artery. Here are pictures of the damage her attacker caused.
Police described the attacker and his companion as “white males, 20 to 35 years of age.” The man wielding the knife had tattoos emblazoned on his arms and neck.
Mustafaa Carroll, Executive Director of the Houston office of the Council on American Islamic Relations, appealed to anyone with information on the assault or the assailants to contact local police.
“We hope that anyone who has information about this potentially deadly and apparently bias-motivated attack will immediately contact law enforcement authorities,” he said.
With President Trump making America safe again for racists and hate-mongers to unashamedly express their passionate vitriol towards people that don’t look or think exactly as they do, expect to see a continuing rise in this type of crime until Trump and his ilk are removed from positions of power and influence.
It can’t happen soon enough.