In solidarity with suspended prof, Wheaton College student urges hijabs be worn on holiday flights

In solidarity with suspended prof, Wheaton College student urges hijabs be worn on holiday flights

The student who inspired a Wheaton College professor to don a hijab in solidarity with Muslims has gotten about a dozen students to wear the traditional Muslim headscarf on their flights home for Christmas.

Karly Bothman, 20, of Eugene, Ore., said the lessons she learned this fall from Larycia Hawkins, the political science professor suspended this week for saying Muslims and Christians have the same God, have inspired her to fight for the rights of those who are oppressed, including refugees and her Muslim neighbors.

The movement is not necessarily an attempt to show solidarity with Hawkins, Bothman said, but to bolster the original purpose of the professor’s symbolic gesture.

“There are a few of us just trying to carry out what Dr. Hawkins started and what her intent in doing this was,” Bothman said. “It’s trying to refocus what she was trying to carry out in the pursuit of justice for our Muslim neighbors.”

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