It’s a sad world we live in when innocent people are killed because of their ethnicity, color of skin, or sexual orientation. It boggles the mind how much hatred there is in this world between people because of their differences. Some politicians like to trumpet the idea that America is the freest country in the world based on the bedrock principles of “freedom of religion” and “equality for all”; “equality for all” does not exist when a Muslim woman wearing a Hijab is bashed repeatedly in the head with a tire iron until she’s left to bleed out and a young black boy wearing a hoodie is not able to walk through a gated community without being called a “f#cking coon” before being shot and murdered for the offense of being black.
In case you haven’t heard…a mother of five was murdered in her home for the crime of being Muslim – The San Diego Union-Tribune writes:
An Iraqi immigrant and mother of five died Saturday of injuries from a severe beating in her El Cajon home, where a note warning the family to “go back to your own country” was left next to her.
El Cajon police said they are investigating the possibility of a hate crime.
The attack on Shaima Alawadi, 32, has shocked and grieved Muslims and others in San Diego and beyond.
Some passionate white Christian Evangelicals are against immigrants who move to America even though most of their ancestors are immigrants. There are those who are afraid of the “Negros” because of their skin color even though blacks are Americans too. They rage against homosexuals because they disapprove of whom homosexuals choose to love. This type of philosophy goes against everything that Evangelicals say God stands for and against everything that our country symbolizes. Regardless of our differences – we all have one thing in common. We are HUMAN beings and no one deserves to be treated in such a manner.
People around the world regard America as a place where all people regardless of their ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation can come together, be equal and express themselves freely and openly. It’s a place we claim immigrants can come to for democracy and a better way of life; it should not be a place where you are harassed and killed because you don’t fit a certain mold.
“Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”
These poignant words of Martin Luther King Jr. still ring true today; MLK fought for civil rights and equal treatment for all people in this country. His effect on America and its people is beyond measure. One can only wonder what Martin Luther King, Jr. would think about the racism and bigotry that still exists today. We should not let his fight for civil rights and equality be in vain. Instead of ignorance…EDUCATE. The next time you see a Muslim…and think terrorist – get to the know the person and their culture; you may change your mind. If you see a black person walking down the street…don’t assume that he is a criminal…certainly don’t chase him down the street waving a gun. STOP the hate.