On Tuesday, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammed, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammed Abu-Salha, 19. There are some important things to note about this murder in particular, a. it barely got any media coverage, and b. it was a hate-crime, it was unecessary and cruel and shows just how far we've come as a country.
To emphasize, there was a blatant hate-crime committed against Muslim-Americans and when the media did report the story they tried to cover it up as a "parking dispute." This country, the land of the free, is so corrupt and intolerant it's disgusting. On the flip side, the media is so quick to report on the newest fashion trend, the newest couple, however, the media is even quicker to criminalize black corpses. But let's not get off topic, let's look at the history to try to conceptualize this event . In the most comprehensive and systematic study of Hollywood movies done to-date, media scholar Jack Shaheen examined 100 years of Hollywood film representations of Arabs and Muslims. He found that the majority of the 900 films he examined portrayed Arabs and Muslims as "brutal, heartless, uncivilised religous fanatics and money-mad cultural 'others' bent on terrorising civilised westerners, especially Christians and Jews. Furthermore, the portrayal of Arabs and Muslims in the media is generally "stereotypical and negative," the study shows that TV news and documentaries have the stronglest influence of people's views of Islam, followed by newspaper coverage. Then we have what happened in Paris, adding to the anti-Muslim/Arab sentiment. Then of course 9/11, which hits close to home for me because I'm from New York, and even I fed into this stereotype and hated them, hated them all for the pain they brought to my city, hated them for bringing hate into my heart. Taking all this into account, it's easy to see why these hate crimes occur. Pause.
Three innocent Muslims died yesterday. Three innocent Muslims died yesterday. Three innocent Muslims died yesterday. Let that sink in for moment. They died for their race. They died because of the stereotypes the media perpetuates, they died because of events that had nothing to do with them, they died because of America's inability to love all, to provide equality for all.
America continues to fail people of color. I really don't know why this bothers me so much, honestly I shouldn't even be surprised anymore.
Do Better America.