Did the killers of Shaima Alawadi think of what she left behind in Iraq to live in ‘the land of the free’ ? Did George Zimmerman think of Trayvon Martin as an ambitious 17 years old ? No. Of course not. All they saw was a stereotype , a hype – a threat !
How did this stereotype start in the 1st place ? The American media hypes whatever they believe to be good, and questions and attacks anything they choose too or don’t understand. Before 9/11 even occurred, Arabs were almost always terrorists on TV shows and movies. MTV is plagued with over commercialized hip hop stars dangling their over-sized necklaces in their hoodies rapping about the streets, guns, drugs. Yet most of the time, what they’re rapping is so far-fetched from the truth. Half of these rappers have never seen a jail cell, and believe it or not, a lot are even college grads, even the ‘down and dirtiest’ of em all -Lil John !
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” but that’s all that seems to happen these days and we need to wake up ! Thousands of students and faculty members from universities across N.America and even in the UK have been supporting hijaabs and hoodies in respect and to honor the death of these 2 individuals – which is great. There’s nothing more amazing than seeing the human race come together for a cause – a positive cause. However, I was shocked to read the article on Shaima Alawadi on the DailyMail, where comments were made on her “bhurka” and not even her death. I don’t even want to go on about how upset I was on reading those ignorant comments ! Like, does it really matter what she had on ? She was killed in cold-blooded murder in her own home with a handwritten note that said “go back to your country, you terrorist”. And you say “bhurka” ? – which is totally the wrong spelling and isn’t what she even wore. Who’s the terrorist now ? You . You are ! You’re the terrorist of ignorance, and there’s nothing worse than that. You see color, race, a hijaab, a hoodie, but what you don’t see is LIFE.
Whether Shaima Alawadi wore a hijaab is besides the point, and whether Trayvon Martin was an aspiring 17-year-old, is also besides the point. The point is that these two people were killed because of what they ‘appeared’ to their killers, and there’s nothing more sad than that very own fact. They were judged and stereotyped for no other reason except for what the media makes you believe is good or bad.
May God give us the guidance to be those that are protectors of our loved ones, friends, and for the communities that we live in, and keep us away from being the oppressor. Let us not use religion, race, or culture as a means of division, for at the end Death is inevitable to all of us. May their soul’s rest in peace. Ameen