After the all-clear from an alarm that mysteriously went off at the Westchase Marriott during a seminar he was holding for Houston WorldFest, CEO Hunter Todd asked to search the backpack of a person (gender unknown) sitting in the front of the room who was wearing a full-face and body covering burqa.
Houston Chronicle He said he was “super polite” to the baghead, who opened the backpack. It had just a few water bottles inside. That’s when another attendee, University of Houston student Mike Rudd, confronted Todd and accused him of racially profiling the woman. (What ‘race’ is Islam?)
On his Facebook page, Rudd states he asked Todd why he had demanded to search the woman’s bag, and that Todd told him, “because she is Muslim and a suspicious character, now sit down.”
In an interview Tuesday with the Houston Chronicle, Todd acknowledged that he had singled out the woman because of the burqa she wore, but said he initially did not know if the person was a man or woman. Todd denied racially profiling the woman. He said he could not tell the race or gender of the person wearing the burqa.
Todd said he was on guard because of the Boston Marathon bombings just days earlier that killed three people and injured at least 260.“What am I supposed to do?” he asked. “Allow a terrorist to blow up 200 people?”
Rudd told the Chronicle he was offended by any racial profiling, but especially of a classmate. (What ‘race’ is Islam?)