“My brother was a good boy. He didn’t do anything wrong. He never joined a gang, never did drugs or drunk alcohol. He was my mother’s boy. He was mother’s favorite because he was the most humble. He did nothing to deserve to die like that. He always wanted to go back to Sudan but now he can’t because some heartless people decided to end his life when it just started. They also took my little cousin who was only 17 and their beloved friend Adam’s life.”
The media coverage ((or lack thereof)) of the shooting in Fort Wayne, Indiana is not only appalling but it’s truly sickening. I wasn’t aware anything had happened at all until Sunday, and I realized just how hypocritical the media really is — picking and choosing the stories that will only get them more hits and neglecting to cover what is really important, what really matters and needs to be seen. It literally took the mainstream media 4 DAYS to broadcast this tragedy — it’s all too apparent that such a gruesome homicide would have been the focus of attention had white men been involved. That is the reality. It’s frustrating, it’s angering and it’s truly sad, but that is the truth.
Three Muslim men were murdered execution style right in their hometown. Just…let that sink in. It’s beyond disgusting and heartbreaking. Religion and race (yes, this is also a racial issue) should NEVER make anyone feel like an outsider within their OWN COMMUNITY. Police have apparently ruled out the possibility of this being a hate crime, which is ridiculous because think about it — if roles were reversed, wouldn’t the mainstream media be demanding justice and LABELING this as a hate crime?
I also want to take a moment to bring to light the racism that exists even within the Muslim community. Of course this doesn’t go for everyone, but isn’t it interesting how hesitant some non-black Muslims are to sympathize for these three Muslim boys until they can hear “more information” about it? The lack of compassion and the obvious stereotyping — “they probably lived a certain lifestyle that led to this because of their race” is sickening. As Muslims, we need to realize that our Ummah isn’t perfect. And we need to take a stand against hate and these racist ideals because our religion teaches us to be kind to one another — regardless of skin color.
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (Quran, 49:13)
Adam K. Mekki.
Muhannad A. Tairab.
Remember their names. Think about the unbearable grief their families must be dealing with. Do not let their deaths be forgotten. Stand up, use your voice, and demand justice.