Why I stopped wearing the hijab

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Why I stopped wearing the hijab
This year, for the first time, I felt compelled to stop wearing my hijab out of concern for my safety. In the midst of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaigns, I have experienced an unprecedented degree of anti-Muslim hostility.

As an Arab and Muslim woman who wore the hijab for 16 years, I am accustomed to experiencing hostility toward my religious and ethnic identity. In particular, the covering of my hair seemed to draw out the worst in strangers, from the waitress at the restaurant taking my order and demanding to know if I was…