Muslim And Latino Students Attacked By Trump Supporter Yelling “Brown Trash Go Home”
This weekend, a Trump supporter in Kansas attempted to “Make America Great Again” by yelling a bunch of racial slurs at some people at a gas station, and then physically assaulting a Muslim student and a Latino student.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Khondoker Usama, a Muslim and the student body vice-president at Wichita State, says he and a Latino friend (who wishes to stay anonymous) were filling up at a local gas station when they heard a man yelling racial slurs at a black customer.
“Then suddenly it turned onto us, calling us ‘brown trash, go home. Trump will win,’ ” Usama said.
Then the man approached the students and, according to Usama, said, “You want to live in this country, you better leave.”
But Usama said his friend told the man: “This is my country; who are you to tell me that?”
The exchange was heated, Usama said, and he tried to defuse the situation, but his friend got punched and taken to the ground. He said he tried to get between the attacker and his friend but then was pushed himself. He thought he saw the attacker reaching for his pocket and feared he had a weapon, he said, so he backed away and called 911.
“He kept kicking the student who was laying on the ground,” Usama said. “He was kicking him; it was a gut-wrenching scene. He saw that I was calling the police and got back on his motorcycle and circled around us and was saying ‘Trump, Trump, Trump, we will make America great again. You losers will be thrown out of the wall.’
Police have confirmed that reports were filed, although Usama says that they have not yet been able to obtain surveillance video of the incident in order to identify the man, as the Kwik Shop employees present at the time said they were unable to give it to them without a manager present.
When police asked Usama if they believed the attack was a hate crime, he noted that the only physical similarity he and his friend shared was brown skin, and noting “When you just start a conversation with someone calling out ‘brown trash,’ there is no other motivation I see other than a hate crime.”
Though Usama initially refused to speak to the media about the incident–and his friend is still choosing to remain anonymous–he changed his mind after realizing the importance of speaking up about things like this. “There may be other people who are fearing the same thing,” he said, “So this is really important in the times we are in, the challenges we are facing as minorities in this country; we better get united and we better speak up.”