Name: Hussain, Mateen Haircut

Date:  1985 - 1995

Location:  North America


MediumPublic Speech

Artist: Mateen Hussain

Confronting Bodies: Short Cuts

Date of Action: ?

Specific Location: Illinois

Description of Artwork

Description of Incident: "They would not cut my hair because I was a muslim. I went into Short Cuts where they told me I had to wait. I proceeded to wait when a caucasian man entered the place and they served him immediately. Neither he or I had an appointment. I protested but to no avail. They said, 'Stop protesting you dirty muslim. You terrorist!!'"

Results of Incident: "The next day, my friends and family went in front of Short Cuts with picket signs and was promptly arrested. As we were being carted away we began to hear low taunts which soon rose to a roar, 'Go home you dirty muslims and take your bombs with you'. I could not do anything only bow my head as my five year old daughter stood on the side crying."

Source: Mateen Hussain

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