Various teachers and local leaders in Orange County wore headscarves on Wednesday to celebrate "World Hijab Day," not to show solidarity with their oppression by Islamic society, but in solidarity for religious tolerance.
Even though many women in Islamic countries MUST wear the hijab or face severe repercussions, the teachers in Orange County owned the hijab, wearing it in support of the chauvinistic practice. The annual event was started in 2013 by a New York woman.
"Muslim advocate Rida Hamida coordinated activities this year in Orange County, starting with passing out 200 hijabs at the Orange County Women’s March that took place in Santa Ana on Jan. 21," reports SCPR. "She asked recipients to wear the hijabs on Feb. 1 and post pictures of themselves on social media with the hashtag #IStandWithHijabis."
Hamida expressed excitement over the wide turnout.
"In Orange County, this has never happened. We've never had an event that was mainstream," Hamida said.
Valerie Amezcua, a member of the Santa Ana Unified School Board, said the day was important to make immigrants feel "safe."
"We need to make sure our kids feel safe, and all ages, all walks of life, that we feel safe to be from anywhere and come from anywhere and stay here in our country," she said.
Perla Dionicio, a computer technician for Martin Elementary in Santa Ana, said she got a lot of compliments.
"I got a lot of compliments from the parents and the students and the staff," she said.
Good for her, but for too many women around the world an hijab is more than a temporary fashion accessory -- it's a symbol of oppression. Wearing it in America doesn't so much indicate solidarity on your part as much as it does cluelessness and submission. It tells the Islamic world, "I'm a proud American multiculturalist and I respect your symbol of oppression more than I respect my Western freedom because I don't understand or appreciate either one. I wore a pink pussy hat during the Women's March to speak out against the Donald Trump patriarchy, and now I proudly wear an hijab to demonstrate my willing embrace of Islamic misogyny."