First Pennsylvania Muslim Representative Targeted with Islamophobia While Sworn In

Johnson-Harrel said she was expecting discrimination but not even during the swearing-in ceremony.

Johnson-Harrel

By Bassel Barakat

A Pennsylvanian district representative Movita Johnson-Harrel has faced Islamophobia during swearing-in ceremony.

Johnson-Harrel won election to represent West Philadelphia’s 190th District in the Congress early March.

The 52-year-old black Muslim has come under Islamophobia attacks over her belief and hijab.

An invocation has been held -at the time she was sworn in- and mentioned Jesus more than 10 times in less than two minutes, Blavity reported.

“Jesus, we’ve lost sight of you. We’re asking you to forgive us .. Jesus, You are our only hope,” Republican State Representative Stephanie Borowicz said.

Commenting on the incident, Johnson-Harrel said she was expecting discrimination but not even during the swearing-in ceremony.

Notably, Johnson-Harrel received a xenophobic hate speech from Susan Cohen, a real estate agent in Arizona, following her win late March.

The African-American Muslim representative was asked by Cohen in her message to “remove her Hijab” and “assimilate here” when she is in “the people’s house,” referring to the Pennsylvanian state capitol building.

Meanwhile, she also said that her headscarf is “offensive to all Americans” and claimed the US is a “Judeo-Christian nation.”

Moreover, for instance, the number of Muslims in the United States is more than 3 million Muslims and one-fifth of the country’s Muslims are being identified as Black, according to a recent Pew survey.

Cohen ended her message telling Johnson-Harrell that, “You are in the United States of America. Start acting like it, or to you [sic] where Shari’s is acceptable” along with the declaration “Shari’s Law will never be a part of our great nation” with a series of American and Israel flags.

 

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