USA: Muslim woman says religious discrimination may force her to give up hijab

Latrice Jackson-Artis says she’s a target for religious discrimination. (Photo source: WLOX News)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – A Gulfport woman said religious discrimination is forcing her to make a painful decision when it comes to how she practices her faith. Latrice Jackson-Artis is a Muslim who prefers to cover her head, but lately says she’s reconsidering her decision to wear a hijab.

Latrice Jackson-Artis was raised a Christian in Chicago, Illinois. She said her father would often visit mosques which is how she was introduced to Islam. When she converted to Islam, she decided to wear a head covering.

“I wear my hijab according to my faith and because I choose to wear it and not because someone is making me,” said Jackson-Artis. “My husband is not even Muslim. I decided to wear the head covering because it makes me feel more modest about how I carry myself and most importantly how I carry myself around my daughter.”

Jackson-Artis has two daughters, 11 and 15-year-olds who always cover when they leave the house. She said she covers about 80 percent of time, but because of problems she’s had finding work in the last year and a half since moving to the Mississippi Gulf Coast she’s considering putting on the hijab a lot less often…