SAN DIEGO (CBSLA.com/AP) — As authorities investigate attacks on two women wearing hijab at California universities in the days following Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, there are more reports of racially-tinged attacks emerging via social media.
San Diego State University’s police department said two suspects who assaulted the student on campus Wednesday had targeted her because of her faith and made comments about Donald Trump’s election.
The woman was not hurt. Authorities said the assault occurred in a parking complex while the woman was wearing a hijab. The suspects stole her car keys, and the vehicle was later reported missing, authorities said.
To all the people that say Trumps rhetoric does not affect people, a Muslim girl got attacked and mugged today at SDSU. Please stay safe. pic.twitter.com/b9YXu0ccc5
“We condemn this hateful act and urge all members of our community to join us in condemning such hateful acts,” SDSU President Elliot Hirshman said in a statement.
A similar report came from Northern California, where a woman said she was walking in a parking garage at San Jose State University when a fair-skinned man in a hooded sweatshirt came up behind her and pulled at her head scarf, the university said in a statement.
The victim was briefly choked and lost her balance before the suspect ran away, the statement said.