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Be Part of the Solution

(Published in the Feb. 14 edition of the San Mateo Daily Journal)

The lives of a happy family, focused on advancing their education and bettering the community, were ripped away in North Carolina this week. Though murder is, unfortunately, nothing new, I still believe the press should be covering this more extensively against a larger backdrop of growing Islamophobia. There seems to be an almost normalization of this in many media outlets, focusing more on the murderer’s “cooperation with authorities” in an attempt to pass it off as a mere parking disagreement or potential mental illness versus a relatively obvious hate crime. There is still extensive investigation going on to pinpoint the exact reason that compelled this man to kill. But for me, for every other Muslim and for everyone who has ever felt this level of prejudice and injustice, nothing else needs to be proven. The blood spilled of these three people — a husband, a wife, a sister — is enough for me.

I am an American citizen. I was raised mostly on Californian soil. I’ve attended public school all my life. I work hard. My parents work hard. We are as American as anyone else. What is the point of the so-called American dream if we are constantly misjudged, constantly made the scapegoat by well-respected and influential media outlets? There shouldn’t be an us-against-them mentality.

This is but one tragedy in a huge mass of Islamophobia fomenting in our country and in our world. There is an unfortunate double standard against Muslims in that any crime committed by someone affiliated with the Islamic faith is automatically labeled as an act of terror when seemingly any crime committed by anyone else is a one-time, isolated thing.

Let me point out the absurdity of expecting every Muslim to be apologetic for something someone that they have no connection to has done. Even if we vocally denounce such heinous crimes, it’s skimmed over. We aren’t asking Christians to apologize for the crusades or imperialism or multiple genocides. Almost everybody who took part in the Nazi Party was Lutheran, but we don’t bring that up. What about the Ku Klux Klan and the Westboro Baptist Church? Lynching? Slavery? Who is apologizing for all these stains on our country’s history?

Do not forget the three who lost their lives, along with the countless lives lost in many Muslim countries by external force. Spread this discussion, be a part of the solution and work to stop the spread of all types of hate.

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