From a post by Tod Perry at GOOD:
Earlier this week, a 35-year-old woman wearing traditional Muslim attire was window shopping on Fifth Avenue in New York City when a man set her blouse on fire and walked away. The woman was unhurt in the attack and it’s being investigated as a potential hate crime by the New York Police Department. Sadly, this attack wasn’t an isolated incident. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 2016 is on track to be the second worst year for attacks on mosques (after 2015) in U.S. history. “We are clearly seeing a spike in attacks on individual Muslims and Islamic institutions in New York and around the country, which should be of concern to all Americans,” the council said in a statement.
The Donald Trump candidacy has stoked the flames in of Islamophobia in the U.S for the past 18 months, and it’s on the rise in many other parts of the world as well. As a response to the hatred and violence, Maeril, a French artist, created a comic on how to assist the victims of Islamophobia when they’re being harassed in public. “I’m focusing on protecting Muslims here, as they have been very specific targets lately,” she wrote on Tumblr, “and as a French Middle Eastern woman, I wanted to try and do something to raise awareness on how to help when such things happen before our eyes—that way one cannot say they ‘didn’t know what to do.’ ”