Shaima Alawadi & Trayvon Martin

Posted on March 26, 2012

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So in the wake of all this Trayvon stuff in Sanford, Florida (I have family that lives there too btw) I found out about Shaima Alawadi. For those that don’t know, she was an Iraqi victim of a brutal beating in her San Diego, California, She was a mother of five children aged 8 to 17, immigrated to the U.S. from Iraq in 1993. On Wednesday, her eldest daughter, Fatima al-Himidi, found Aalwadi “drowning in her own blood.” Al-Himidi said her mother was beaten with a tire iron. The daughter told San Diego’s KUSI television news that a note near her mother read, “Go back to your country, you terrorist.”

Now this absolutely disgust me!

Why is there so much hate in the “land of the free”?
Why does it seem racism and prejudices are running rampet the past few years?
Why is an innocent woman, because no one has any proof and she was not found guilty in a court of law of being a “terrorist”, killed just becuase she is a muslim?

It sadens me that my country still has hate crimes in this day and age. That a mother can be killed and her name defiled just because someone has some warped opinion about her “subgroup”. That an unarmed young man can be killed and police do nothing about it. That it’s ok to hate people.

I am seriously sadened by these recent events.

My heart goes out to both families. I hope they both find peace within themselves and justice for their loved ones.

 

A speech by JFK after Martin Luther King’s death:

Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it’s perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black – considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible – you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization – black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand, and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion, and love.

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