Stop the Hate

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By Faiza Huque ‘17

Jumping to conclusions without knowing the full story is completely wrong and pretty sad. One thing I have noticed lately is how people are so quick to judge; if you want to judge someone, at least know the full story.

Since 9/11 happened, people have tried to blame Muslims for every terrorist attack that happened, and they always state that the person or people are or were Muslim. However they never state if the person is Catholic or Christian or Buddhist or from any other religion. That is kind of messed up in a way. Religion should not play a role in peoples wrongdoings.

Sometimes I wonder why this happens. Islam is such a beautiful religion which promotes peace.

Terrorism has no religion. You cannot blame an entire religion for the acts of a few.

You do not see other people criticizing Christians for what the KKK did. People do not go around calling Christians KKK members because we know not all Christians are like that. So why do people blame Muslims for the fault of a few?

It is all propaganda; the media and makes them fear people they should not. The media has brainwashed people into believing Muslims are bad people but honestly, if you believe that, don’t you think everyone would be dead? There are 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, according to an article written by Michael Lipka for pewresearch.org, and if we were all terrorists, there would probably be no one alive except Muslims.

Growing up as a Muslim, there have been times someone has called me a terrorist or said to me that Osama Bin Laden is my uncle. It has happened at school, and it happens on social media far too often. There was this one time on Twitter, this guy said that all Muslims are terrorists and I asked him if he knew a Muslim personally, and he responded with a no.

What I don’t understand is how people judge and believe what others say without knowing absolutely anything about Islam. He even tried telling me that all Muslims are killers, but the thing is, killing another human being is a massive sin in Islam.

Growing up in a Muslim household, I was not allowed to kill spiders because it is a sin, and people try to say Islam promotes violence. People need to educate themselves about Islam, what it is, and what it has to offer. Skin color, a name, ethnic background, religion all have nothing to do with who could or could not be a terrorist.

The first time my uncle came to the United Sates, he got stopped at JKF airport for over three hours just because his name is Mohammad. My cousin also got stopped many times at the airport and my dad has also been checked just because he has a beard. An article written by Heather Elawawadh for Chicago Monitor asks why people assume names like Ahmed or Mohammad are possibly terrorist names. Many Americans believe that, and it’s injustice towards Muslims.

There are so many hate crimes against Muslims not only in America but around the world. There was this Chapel Hill shooting in North Carolina where this white man shot and killed three Muslim students execution style in February of this year. He claims it was over a parking dispute but really, what kind of an ignorant excuse is that? Who kills three young students over a parking spot?

The media did not talk about this to enough. They knew that this time, it was Muslims who were the victims of violence.

“When Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims are killed by Muslims, Islam is identified as playing a direct role. When Muslims are killed by Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims, however, the religious identity of the violent perpetrators is downplayed or ignored.” Mohamad Elmasry, a communications professor at the University of North Alabama, said to Huffington Post.

Some people may say to look at the San Bernardino shooting, it was two Muslims who killed 14 people. They caused terror to the people of San Bernardino so that means they are terrorists. Yes, they are terrorists; however, it wasn’t every Muslim in the world who helped them commit the crime just like every single Catholic in the world did not help Adam Lanza kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. 

Racism can end in America one step at a time. People need to stop believing everything the media says can help. Also research and update yourself with unbiased new articles or new channels. Try not to jump to conclusions without knowing the full story. In addition, treat others the way you want to be treated. According to stophate.us, speak out against hate crime, write to editors of newspapers expressing your disapproval and views about racism. Furthermore, try to learn more about people from different racial backgrounds.

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