The incident in itself is quite disturbing, and what is troubling is that many times the perpetrator usually stoops to ignorant ad-hominem attacks pertaining to the victim’s religious identity. Those ad-hominem attacks are not created out of nothingness.
When we have media that promotes and gives a platform to politicians, pundits, religious figures, and even celebrities that mask their Islamophobic remarks within seemingly innocuous language, then it allows for an Islamophobic culture to spawn up. Also, it should come to no surprise that those influenced the most by such propaganda will carry that anti-Muslim sentiment in their daily lives.
This is the power of the media but nevertheless, let us not deter from the incident itself which reminds us how hatred can bring the worse out of a human being.
South Carolina: Walmart employee fired after abusing Muslim co-worker and threatening to cut her throat
By Jonathan McFadden — firstname.lastname@example.org
ROCK HILL — A Rock Hill Walmart employee was fired Saturday after police say she grabbed a co-worker’s arm, threatened to cut her throat and called her an anti-Muslim, derogatory name, according to a police report.
Police spoke with the victim, 23, who said she was on her break at the Walmart on Old York Road and tried to buy some items, according to a Rock Hill police report. While in the checkout line, a co-worker stepped behind her but tried to check out first by skipping in front of the woman and moving her items.
The two employees began to argue before the co-worker called the victim a derogatory, anti-Muslim name. She grabbed the woman’s arm twice and said she was going to cut her throat, the victim told police.
The employee told her manager, who fired the employee, according to the report. No arrests were made. The victim will seek a courtesy summons against her former co-worker, according to the police report.