15 people, mostly Muslims were arrested after a fight broke out at Playland Park over the wearing of a hijab, or head covering for the Muslim women in attendance who were celebrating the last day of Ramadan.
We weren't there, we don't know how the fight started, who threw the first punch etc. We don't know. We're not here to talk about that portion of the story.
The women were told they couldn't wear hijab's on certain rides. Specifically they were told they couldn't get on the Catch-a-Wave ride, the Crazy Mouse roller coaster and the Dragon Coaster because of a safety issue with their hijab. The park employees even told them if they were upset they could go get their money back at the front gate.
It was at this point the fight started. Look people, two words, Isadora Duncan. Do you know how she died? Her scarf was flowing in the breeze out the back of her Bugatti in 1927 when it caught in the wheel and pulled sharply to the right snapping her neck. Reasons like this are why you cannot wear your hijab on certain rides. Make note here, the park didn't say you couldn't ride all the rides, just certain ones. You know, rides where your hijab might get caught and snap your neck.
There is some ugly anti-Muslim sentiment in this country, 99.9% unfounded (see 51 Park as an example), we just don't see that as the case here...