Women Stand Up To Angry Islamophobe At A California Ice Cream Shop

The local community applauded them for it

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On Saturday, May 23, two young Muslim women, Nura Takkish and Malaak Amari, were enjoying some ice cream at Andrew’s Ice Cream and Dessert in Orange, California when an angry man entered the store and started hurling racial epithets at them. After the man had ordered his ice cream, Jessie Noah, who works at the shop, handed the man’s three dollars back and asked him to leave saying, “If you can’t be nice, we don’t want you.”

As the man walked through the exit door he yelled at the women one last time saying, “I don’t want them near my country.” One of the girls responded saying, “Too bad, we’re here. Sucks for you.” Takkish put the video on Twitter with the caption, “When you just trying to eat your ice cream but Trump supporters won’t let you live” and it immediately went viral. “I’ve been put in some situations where I had to deal with Islamophobia, like I said but nobody ever defended me,” Amari said. “People usually just walk by and don’t say anything.”

Last Saturday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations invited residents to come to Andrew’s and show their appreciation by having some ice cream. Dozens of supporters, both Muslim and non-Muslim, came out to raise awareness for how business can help stop prejudice. “This is not America, you know?” said a woman at the event. “America is diverse, it’s colorful, and it’s different,”

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