Amid an increase in cases of Islamophobia in the United States and all other Western countries, Vernon Hills High School has started an initiative called ‘’Walk a Mile in Her Hijab,’’ which has the aim of taking a stand against Islamophobia and racism and to also promote the acceptance of Muslims and their beliefs.
Over 12 non-Muslim schoolgirls agreed to wear the hijab, the Islamic head scarf, in order to try and understand the Islamic faith and to experience life through the eyes of a Muslim woman.
Yasmeen Abdallah, school senior and president of the MSA, who organised the event said,“This event is to hopefully denounce negative stereotypes.”
“You can’t really understand or judge a person and their beliefs until you understand why they do it and what it’s like for them to do what they’re doing,” she added.
Vernon Hills High School principal Jon Guillaume said to the Daily Herald, “I think it is a difficult time to be a Muslim student in our high school, in our community and in America,” while complimenting the initiative of Muslim student Yasmeen Abdallah.
Guillaume went on to say, “I think this is an opportunity for our kids to embrace the Muslim community within the school. For other kids outside of this organisation, to understand what it’s like for these girls to walk through our halls in this garment in a way that stands out from other kids. So, I’m proud of them.”
This initiative comes a week after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for the ban of Muslims from entering the United States. The statement caused a lot of controversy worldwide and caused Dubai’s retails giant Landmark Group to halt selling the products of Donald Trump.
Charli Mosley, a student at the high school, took part in the event and told the Herald the reason she wanted to don the hijab was because he uncle is a Muslim and with that purpose she wanted to ‘’bring more acceptance’’ to the Islamic faith and its followers.
Charli, while wearing a red hijab, said about the matter, “I wanted to learn more about the religion, considering my uncle is also Muslim.”
“With more people wearing a hijab around school, it could bring more acceptances to the religion and have more people become more aware.”