Applebee’s is not exactly known for having a cosmopolitan clientele, but I’m sure they don’t want to be associated with xenophobia. Unfortunately, that’s the position they find themselves in today after a woman in Minnesota smashed a Muslim woman across the face with a beer mug because the Muslim woman was speaking a foreign language.
I’m sure 43-year-old Jodie Marie Burchard-Risch had no idea that Asma Jama was speaking Swahili in the Coon Rapids, Minnesota Applebee’s, but, Burchard-Risch, who I’m betting is a Trump voter, heard syllables she didn’t recognize, and that angered her so much that she grabbed her beer mug and gave Jama a roundhouse bash across the face.
Emotionally that has destroyed me,” Jama said. “I’ve lived in Minnesota for 15 years, never had anyone even look at me weird for not speaking English and wearing a Hijab. I’ve seen hate crimes on TV, but for it to happen to me — I’m really a different person, I don’t like it.
Jama has several deep cuts on her nose, eyebrow and her lower lip. Burchard-Risch is facing third-degree assault charges.
So far, Burchard-Risch isn’t being charged with a hate crime.
Here’s the video:
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