By: Zeba Haseeb
This article won’t be about how we had yet another tragic death in the community that shook us all. It won’t be about how their families are devastated and how wonderful these people were during their lives and how unfair their untimely death was with very short lives they lived on this earth. We as human beings should all know this by now; we should know that the unnecessary killings of innocent young lives no matter what religion, ethnicity, or race they are, is just wrong; plain and simple. What flabbergasts me is that people still don’t seem to grasp the concept that religion or ethnicity should not define an entire group. It is these poisonous thoughts in our mind that cause us to perform hate crimes and take the lives of the blameless.
It is time that we all come to the realization that there should be no more excuses for killings of the young. People cannot be using a mental illness as a title to hide behind when being prosecuted every time someone of a different ethnicity, religion, or gender is killed. Our community has grieved for the loss one too many times and it is time for this to come to an end. It is time to stop counting the bodies of the innocent and start taking action against the piling of them.
Every human being on this Earth is all different from one another. Individuality is a necessity that is a vital component in life to grow as a race. Having the same thoughts and outlook on life will do nothing, but force human kind to stay still from moving ahead. Some of the greatest leaders of this world went against the norm of society to bring prosperity for all of us, so why are hate crimes increasing when so much good comes out of being different?
Society today has made it normal to be intolerable for those who go against the status quo and needs to stop now. Bullying is just where is begins and has been leading to homicide and suicide in so many cases. Two weeks ago I mentioned the U of I student who was killed and left to be found on the side of the highway. And now we are dealing with the death of three other students of Chapel Hill who were killed because of a parking spot. This doesn’t seem to be the case in my opinion.
Teaching children at a young at to be tolerant of others has become necessary now so they don’t grow up to perform hate crimes against others. The United States is the melting pot of the world with all kinds of people who live here. The only way we will live in peace is be tolerant of one another so it is important for everyone to know that.
My prayers go out to the families and friends of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. All will miss your presence and I hope that your losses will be enough of a wakeup call to many to make a difference.