Teen Girls Say They Were Harassed For Trump Hats

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Two white New Jersey teenage girls donning "Make America Great Again" hats say they were harassed while visiting the historically black Howard University campus.

A man allegedly yelled at the two girls, "F**k y'all," while another reportedly stole one of the teen's hats before a school official returned it, reports AOL.

"The students took videos and pictures of us saying WE were being 'disrespectful', and that 'us being Caucasian, we should have known better,'" one of the teenagers, 16-year-old Allie Vandee, wrote on Twitter.

Vandee, who was touring D.C. with her school, says some called her racist.

She admits she and her friend, known only as Sarah, did not realize the historically black college would be "predominantly black." However, the girl added that race "should not matter" anyway when it comes to expressing political beliefs.

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"This is America," said the teenager in response to the accusations. "These are the people who are being racist and disrespectful. It's unfortunate that Trump supporters have to fear going [some] places [more than] others."

Howard University defended its students.

"Though this is an institution where freedom of thought, choice, and expression are ever-present, we will never compromise our values or allow others to convince us to do so," the university wrote on Twitter.

"We will take any action necessary to ensure that HU students feel safe& comfortable in our dining spaces," they added. "This group is no longer on campus."

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The university's NAACP chapter also echoed similar sentiments stating its students have "no time for white supremacists and neo-Nazi sympathizers on campus."

The incident sparked debate on social media.

"In an ideal world these girls wouldn't have been harassed; we don't live in an ideal world," wrote one AOL reader in the comments section. "If you wear a MAGA hat to a predominately black college you will hear about it, just like a BLM t-shirt at a Trump rally will draw unwanted attention."

"I'll give them credit for standing up for what they believe in, but I'm with you, they knew exactly where they were going and what was going to happen," added another. "I'm so tired of everyone trying to get their 15 minutes of fame on twitter, facebook, etc."

However, others defended the girls.

"Did you not read they were in DC our nation's capital?" wrote one. "And 16.  So you think it was purposeful to cause inflammation?  Call the feds, wearing support for our President in His own town is criminal and race baiting."

"It is your right, just like the black lives matter group have the right to go where they choose, however the black lives matter do NOT have the right to instill violence!" added another.

Sources: AOL, Twitter (2), Howard University/Twitter / Featured Image: Spartan7W/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/FlickrDonald J. Trump For President, Inc via Wikimedia Commons

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