Tuesday, August 23, 2016
An American Tragedy
To all the right wingers -- and you damn well know who you are -- who refer to all Muslims/Moslems as "vermin," and who believe all Muslims are enemies of this country, this tragic story is the consequence of that hatred -- your hatred :
The Killing Of Khalid Jabara Is An American Tragedy
"Stanley Vernon Majors, a 61-year-old ex-convict from California who repeatedly harassed and threatened the Jabaras, largely because they were Arab-American. Two weeks ago, on the evening of Aug. 12, Majors allegedly shot and killed the family’s youngest child, 37-year-old Khalid Jabara.
“They escaped from the war, from the horrific situation in Lebanon and then they end up in tragedy like this in a country they adore,” Khalid’s cousin, Tania, told the Tulsa World.
Police have yet to establish a clear record of what happened the day of Khalid’s death. But from everything we know, it seems that Vernon Majors hated the Jabara family, and that he harbored baseless and destructive anti-Muslim beliefs ― ones that plenty of other Americans also subscribe to.
(Just read any of the rabid radical right wing blogs to confirm this. -- SK)
Majors’ hate did not and does not exist in a vacuum. It exists in a country where openly Islamophobic political speech is on the rise, and where Muslims ― or, as in the case of Khalid Jabara, people perceived to be Muslim ― are being targeted more and more for their faith, their dress and the color of their skin. If Majors is a monster, he’s an American one."
Majors, a Los Angeles native, moved next door to the Jabaras in 2011. He soon developed what a police captain would later describe as an “unusual fixation” with the family.
He terrorized them, leaving menacing letters in crude handwriting on the Jabaras’ property. There were threatening voicemails and emails too.
Most telling, perhaps, were the slurs he allegedly hurled at the family: “dirty Arabs,” “Aye-rabs” and “Mooslems.” “Fuck you Arabs, Fuck you bastards,” he allegedly told the family once. “I want to kill you all.”
That is the sort of language directed at Muslim-Americans you will find any day of the week on right wing blogs, and no one commenting on those blogs sees anything wrong with that sort of toxic hatred. Donald Trump's candidacy has further inflamed this demonization of Muslims, and his supporters, instead of denouncing him, feed into the mob mentality. And that's exactly what they are -- a mob of thugs who would cheer people like Stanley Vernon Majors on and encourage more of the same barbarity.