Silence In The Reign of Islamaphobia

Arab murdered

letter on February 10th of this year, three Arab students in Chapelhill—-newlyweds Deah Barakat and Yusor Mohammad as well as her sister Razah Abu-Salha—-were brutally murdered, with execution-style shots to the head. Later on that same day, a 46-year-old man, Craig S. Hicks was arrested and charged with three counts of murder.

For hours, no national media outlet reported the story—-as if their lives were unworthy of acknowledgement—-provoking the hashtag #Chapelhillshooting, which soon trended worldwide. Although, the students appeared to have been targeted for their religion, police officials are saying that “the motive for the shooting has yet to be determined—–” overlooking, either intentionally or not, that according to Hick’s Facebook page, he was both a fervent New Atheist, and gun enthusiast, whose page also was filtered with references to Bill Mahar and disdain for religious belief.

The lax acknowledgment by national media outlets, and the institutional protectionism of ignorance—-failing to recognize the byproduct of an xenophobic culture—-by police officials, is disgusting and leaves one wondering, do some lives matter over others, in this so-called egalitarian society that veils it’s hypocrisy behind the color of democracy?

President Barrack Obama, the guy who ran his campaign on “change” ——in the mist of a seven year war with Iraq, ignited by Islamaphobic propaganda—-has chosen to be silent on this incident, and not use his bully-pulpit to discourage any opportunist, who was waiting for someone to throw the first racial punch.

Josh Earnest, press secretary for the White House, had these words to say about the presidents lax response to the shooting, ” I know that this is something that the local law enforcement is investigating. I know that they, based on published reports, they have a suspect in custody. And I know that part of that investigation will include the circumstance that may have led to this act of violence and that will also include the investigation of questions about what motivation this individual may have had. So this is the very beginning of an ongoing local law enforcement investigation, and we’re going to await the results of that investigation before we say anything.”

The premise of why the president has not commented on the matter is because it’s under investigation. However, this current administration showed no such hesitation after a number of other high-profile murders. Here’s a selection of the presidents remarks after the Aurora, Colorado massacre:

” We’re still gathering all the facts about what happened in Aurora. But what we do know is that the police have one suspect in custody. and the federal government stands ready to do whatever is necessary to bring whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to justice. (Applause.) and we will take every step possible to ensure the safety of all of our people.”

The President explicitly mentions that the motivation behind the killings is still unknown, but tries to assure the frightened community of it’s safety. But the Muslim community are frightened, and has been since post 9/11, and they too, are our people—-woven in the fabric of the great American Republic—-so doesn’t it laments that they too deserve the backing of the federal government?

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