Karim Sulayman is a an Arab-American tenor and activist from Chicago. 10 Days after Donald Trump was elected president, Sulayman teamed up with filmmaker Meredith Kaufman Younger for a different kind of trust test.
Blindfolded outside Trump International Hotel in New York City, Sulayman held a handwritten poster board type sign. It read:
“Hello, my name is Karim and I am Arab-American. Like many people who are black, brown, women, LGBTQIA, Latinix, Muslim, Jewish, Immigrants and Other, I am very scared. We are anxious and uneasy in our own country and it’s difficult to see what lies ahead for US. But, I hope that I am safe with you. Together, we can build a community of caring, rather than one of fear. You can trust me to care for you no matter who you are. Will you shake my hand and/or take a photo with me and post it as a sign that I am safe here with you? I trust you.”