Another tragedy has occurred this week. Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were shot dead outside their homes, apparently over a parking space.
I know I’m not alone when I say my heart can’t handle any more blood shed. I sincerely hope that all the families of innocent victims of hate around the world find peace within their own hearts.
I find it weird how many people have to take to social media to remind the world that ‘all lives matter’. You don’t have to be a genius to see that the amount of media coverage any tragedy gets is dependent on certain factors – who committed the crime, what was the demographic of the victim/s, and what were the motives. A life taken is a life taken and these factors are important in every single case.
When the Charlie Hebdo shooting happened, the world was quick to react and start the conversation about freedom of speech. What about everyone’s freedom to dress as they please and go home without the fear of being harmed? What about the conversation about the rise of Islamophobia and hate crimes towards Muslims since 9/11? World leaders gathered in Paris almost instantly after the shooting. President Obama only spoke out about this shooting three long days later. The obvious double standard here is beyond scary.
Oh and by the way guys, just to clarify, I, a Muslim, condemn ISIS, you know, in case anyone was wondering. Their violations of these freedoms make me sick.
We all know this confrontation was not about a parking space. I’ve written time and time again about the frustration of having my disability parking spots stolen by the able-bodied. Am I about to kill the next person who does that? Hell no.
We only hear about particular stories if it fits the government’s or media’s agenda. Imam Zaid Shakir, a leading Islamic scholar based in the USA, puts it perfectly. “The sad fact is that the mainstream media that recently brought us “I am Charlie” has no interest in humanizing Muslims. The deceased were too full of life and positive energy to meet the stereotype of the evil, sneaky, not to be trusted Muslim.”
This hits the nail on the head. Seeing three beautiful, smiling Muslims who were so full of love that they dedicated their lives to helping people would just be too confusing for people to comprehend.
I’m not Charlie. I believe in free speech but not at the expense of 1.7 billion already marginalized people. I’d prefer to be Deah, Yusor and Razan, or at least aspire to be.