Abdirizak Aden is pissed as hell, and I would be too.
Last Monday his eighth-grade daughter was asked, almost out of the blue, about whether she had a bomb in her backpack.
“We are from Africa, we are Muslims, we live in America. I didn’t teach my children to hate people or to think they are better than other people. I don’t want nobody to treat them like that,” Aden told local news.
So the official story goes: the student was being sluggish at putting her backpack on the floor after the teacher asked everyone to do so. The teacher then made a remark to the effect of, “What do you have in there? A bomb?”
The remark was supposedly an ill-thought out joke, for which the teacher has, to her credit, apologized:
The teacher said she knew her joke went too far, especially because of “the things happening in the world right now,” said the daughter. (Source)
While part of me wants to believe that perhaps the remark was not intentionally malicious, another part of me is curious about why, out of everyone, the only one subjected to this “joke” was a Muslim student wearing a hijab.