OHIO – As tensions reached its peak on the day of President Donald Trump inauguration, an Ohio Muslim family received a heartwarming letter from their neighbors, offering support for them against discrimination.
“Dear Neighbors, today begins a new stage for our country. No matter what happens, please know there are still a lot of people who will fight for your right to practice your religion, to continue your lives without discrimination,” a CNN affiliate WCPO quoted the note.
“You are welcome in our neighborhood and if you need anything – please knock on our door,” the note added.
Abubaker Amry, who has lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for nearly four decades, received the note in his mailbox in Westwood last Friday after 70-year-old Trump was sworn into office.
The note came as a surprise to Amry who said he and his neighbors have never interacted much beyond a cordial “Hello.”
After the Trump inauguration, some neighbors left this letter on my uncle’s door in Cincinnati, Ohio. pic.twitter.com/jnlXewv7ej
— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) January 21, 2017
“My daughter, she doesn’t know any other place” and like many Muslim Americans, says he grew worried by President Trump’s rhetoric during the heat of a campaign. We don’t know if he’s just saying that … or if it’ll be true,” Amry said.
“It’s a lot,” Amry said. “I mean, there’s no way I could express my feelings when I got that note.”
Amry said the act of kindness has changed his mind a lot, as he was worried about the future of American Muslims under Trump.
“Even when I was driving the next day to my work, I looked at the people on the street totally different,” he added. Amry’s niece, tweeted a photo of the note, which quickly went viral.
“This is the other side of America,” Amry said. “This is the best, best, best experience.”