Oklahoma U: Muslim students discuss media’s handling of religion in recent coverage of violent attacks

When news outlets reported that a supposed convert to Islam had beheaded a woman in a Moore grocery store, OU junior Yazan Salus was worried.

“I told my sisters and mom to lay low for a little bit because people will have this sort of ignorance towards the situation, and it’ll just spark a fire,” Salus said.

Salus, an energy management junior, was concerned for his mother and sisters because they wear head scarves called hijabs — an unmistakable symbol of their Muslim faith, he said.

“When you look at me, you can’t tell that I’m a Muslim,” Salus said. “But whenever you see someone wearing the hijab, the scarf, you can tell that they’re 100 percent Muslim.”

Elementary education freshman Sana Sandhu said that because she wears a hijab, people often treat her like an outsider.

“They’ll look at me weirdly, and be like, ‘Why are you here?’ but I was born here,” Sandhu said. “I’m here to get my education. I was born here, and people don’t believe that because of the way I dress”…