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Muslim Americans: Hate Crime False Reports Hurt Community

"Whenever an individual, especially a minority, cries wolf, it always ends up hurting that community," said Wajahat Ali

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    Many of Yazmin Seweid's neighbors in New Hyde Park, Long Island, had rallied around her after she reported being harassed and attacked because of her religion. Now police say it was all a lie. Ray Villeda reports. (Published Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016)

    The Muslim teen who alleged to have been the victim of a hate crime last week in New York was charged with falsifying her report Wednesday — and the reaction from many Muslim Americans has gone from anger at the time of the purported incident to dismay following her arrest, NBC News reported. 

    Muslims nationally have been openly worrying about how 18-year-old Yasmin Seweid's arrest might affect them and the struggle against real bigotry and Islamophobia. 

    "Whenever an individual, especially a minority, cries wolf, it always ends up hurting that community," said Wajahat Ali, creative director of Affinis Labs, a center for social entrepreneurship and innovation.

    Seweid has been charged with lying about being harassed by group of men she claimed were Trump supporters on the New York City subway.

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    (Published Friday, June 23, 2017)