Interesting little story in the D-G’s River Valley & Ozark edition on Nancy Allen, a librarian from Conway who wears a hijab, the traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women, even though Allen herself is a Christian. Allen tells the paper that she is “supporting the Muslim-American community and freedom of religion.” She has been wearing the hijab every day since December, including to her Episcopal church in Conway and to her job at the Faulkner County Library. She said she was inspired in part by Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Wearing the hijab seems to be meant as an act of solidarity with Muslims confronting bigotry, but of course it also brings up questions of cultural appropriation. Allen said she was initially worried that it might be insulting to Muslims for her to wear the hijab but she got positive feedback from Muslim friends. She says that reaction at the library has been mixed. Her story has gone viral on the internet.