AUSTIN (KXAN) — A University of Texas student says a man spat in his face for being Muslim as he walked down Guadalupe Street.
The student was wearing a Muslim Students Association shirt when a man pulled the headphones out of his ears and spat in his face three times. According to the student he screamed in his face “Are you getting orders from ISIS..you dirty [expletive].”
He posted the altercation in the UT class of 2019 Facebook. In the group, the student said he did not post the encounter to receive sympathy, but to shed light on the racism that is still alive today in Austin.
The student went on to say that he although he was born in this country he no longer feels welcome here. He said he is like any of the other thousands of UT students who study, eat and pray on campus.
“It sickens me to know that no matter how hard I try, there still exists a blur between myself and the decency a human life entails,” said the student.
He says he hates ISIS, like other Americans, but has to pay the price everyday for extremist actions across the world. He said the cost of being Muslim for him means that he is at risk of being assaulted in his home-country, where he thought he was safe.
The post ends with him telling other students that he had to be escorted to his car by police officers.