I saw a picture of a 3 muslims smiling on instagram recently but I passed by it. A family member during breakfast was talking about a shooting but I did not hit me. My friend stopped me on my way home from school and asked me if I heard about the college kids that were killed in North Carolina. He was persistent and kept asking me but I was not aware of the story. I mean, it did not come up on the morning news. The only real-time I have to watch the news is during the morning hours before work and nope, not one single channel brought up the story. It was a hot topic on the kitchen table but not in the living room. Later I realized that the story was listed under a headline that you wouldn’t expect.
My friend was persistent and showed me his phone. On his phone was an article with the picture that I have originally saw on instagram a day ago. It reminded me of the conversation my family were earlier in the day. Three muslims were shot down point-blank in the head execution style but headlines are saying that it’s a “parking dispute killing”. Really? A parking dispute? I kept thinking the entire time about my own personal experiences growing up in Mid-west Ohio. The racism, the hate, the disgust people would have when they saw me in my old town. It brought me chills thinking about all of the abuse I endured my entire life from hateful neighbors, school mates, co-workers and even people who I thought were my friends. This was not a parking dispute, not by any means.
What if the roles were reversed and a muslim male killed 3 white americans? Every headline from the NY Post to the Los Angeles times will have a field day labeling the muslim american as a “terrorist”. Immediately any person that commits a criminal offense is a terrorist but a white man from north carolina that kills/ murders, takes away the lives of three innocent college students gets a headline of a “parking dispute”? A condo complex with a tow company available on hand but yet this is a “parking dispute”. Their not in NYC, don’t tell me its a Parking issue! What parking disputes can you possibly have in NC. Its only wide open spaces. Wait, some people are saying that its not just a parking dispute but assailant had a mental illness. How typical?
The young students are described as helpful, kind and on their way to great career paths. I feel for them and for any family that goes through any type of grievances. This blog is not about the race line. It’s not about being black, or white, or ARAB! This is about the treating one another with respect regardless of our background, ethnicity or religion.
Allah Yerhamhom (الله یرحمهم )- God Bless Them & god have mercy on them.
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