On Tuesday Feb 10, 2015, three Muslim students were shot and killed in cold blood. Unconfirmed reports indicate that they were killed with gunshots to the head, execution style.
Rest in paradise:
Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23
Yusor Mohammad, 21
Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19
Things like this are always hard to swallow. But can it really come as such a surprise to the Muslim communities within the United States? We’ve been increasingly harassed since Sept. 11, 2001 and though we’ve voiced our concerns of safety repeatedly, we’ve been outvoiced by ever rampant right-wing anti-Islam groups. We’ve been outvoiced by a media that relentlessly attacks and dehumanizes Muslims. Is it really a surprise that our voices are yet again ignored in the wake of the murders of the 3 beautiful Muslims pictured above?
Our communities and Muslims all over are not terrified for just any old reason. It’s because attacks, murders, threats against us have been made, repeatedly, that we genuinely fear for our lives. Today is no different.
Anti-Muslim Incidents Since 2001:
Sept. 15, 2001 – Mesa, Arizona
Balbir Singh Sodhi, a 49-year-old Sikh and native of India, was fatally shot outside his gas station by Frank Silva Roque, who mistakenly believed Sodhi was Muslim. Roque then allegedly fired shots at a man of Lebanese descent working at another gas station, and at an Afghan family’s residence. Read More »