American fencer and Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad wrote an open letter to President Trump on Monday that was originally published on TIME.com.
She begins by describing what she calls “the greatest honor of [her] life,” competing at the Rio Olympic Games. At the 2016 Olympics, Muhammad earned a bronze medal and became the first Muslim woman athlete to compete for America wearing a hijab.
Muhammad has since used her new platform to produce more opportunities for Muslim women athletes by speaking out against injustice.
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“I was the first Muslim woman to represent the United States in the Olympic Games wearing hijab. I was blessed to win an Olympic medal alongside my team at the Rio Games. I was a black Muslim woman in a little known sport. And on the world’s biggest stage, I defied labels and showed the world that being Muslim was also being American,” Muhammad wrote.
“And yet, when I listen to you, I feel that the story you tell paints another picture entirely. You seem to see refugees fleeing terror as terror’s root, rather than refugees as terror’s victims.”
See Muhammad’s full letter here.