PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Some in Portland’s Muslim community were afraid to go outside on Tuesday night after it started looking like a Donald Trump win.
The president-elect has previously called for a ban on Muslims from countries that support terrorism. There is also concern in the Latino community there could be a backlash against Mexican Americans.
There is genuine fear and worry hatred may spread:
“I left my family, house, my job,” said Ahmed J. Ali, who fled Iraq and now works in Portland.
Ali fled Iraq 2 years ago. Now, he helps other sponsored refugees like Ammar – who just arrived 6 days ago:
“I feel like a human being again,” he said.
But Ali said after the Trump victory he couldn’t even get some to answer a knock at their door:
“Some people are afraid for their security last night. Muslim women scared, panicked, didn’t want to leave,” Ali said.
The Latino community rallied on Wednesday to express their concerns.
Some believe these election results will motivate minority communities to stand strong.