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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."

The Killing 

 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.


Jerry Critter said...

Welcome to Trump's America. Is this killing what you really want?

Shaw Kenawe said...


If you look at those blogs I linked to, the answer is YES! They consider ALL Muslims their mortal enemies and would like nothing better than to exterminate every last one. This has been their mantra for years. They don't see the fact that there are more than 1 billion Muslims, and the majority are peaceful, but because there are brutal killers who call themselves "Muslims," they want to rid the world of ALL Muslims.

Of course they're maniacs just like the maniac they're supporting for president.

Shaw Kenawe said...

PS. The comment moderation is working overtime today deleting the squirrel brains who keep posting comments on Hillary's mental health. My DELETE button is working overtime!

skudrunner said...

The police were advised of his behavior and had spoken to him a number of times but couldn't do anything because that would infringe on his civil rights. Was it a hate crime, sure, but so were the 55 shootings and 5 deaths in Chicago last weekend. The difference is the Chicago situation is ongoing and ignored and the police are not able to respond.

JC, how is this killing Trumps America. By your rational Orlando, Charleston were Obama's America.

Jerry Critter said...

I will put Clinton's mental health up against Trump's mental health any day of the week.

Shaw Kenawe said...

skud, the murder of Khalid Jabara is a hate crime, by definition:

hate crime
a crime motivated by racial, sexual, religious, or other prejudice, typically one involving violence.

The violence in Chicago is violent crime committed for any number of criminal reasons: including theft, vendettas, gang violence, etc.

For your information, Chicago is not the most violent city in the U.S. Here they are according to the FBI (Chicago is at #24 and Anchorage Alaska: #27 -- just in case one wants to make the case that high crime areas are always majority black cities -- like the Maniac Donald Trump just recently implied):

Violent Crime per 100,000 people

1 Detroit, MI 1,988.63
2 Memphis, TN 1,740.51
3 Oakland, CA 1,685.39
4 St. Louis, MO 1,678.73
5 Milwaukee, WI 1,476.41
6 Baltimore, MD 1,338.54
7 Cleveland, OH 1,334.35
8 Stockton, CA 1,331.47
9 Indianapolis, IN 1,254.66
10 Kansas City, KS 1,251.45
11 Buffalo, NY 1,228.24
12 Atlanta, GA 1,227.43
13 Washington, DC 1,185.32
14 Nashville, TN 1,122.45
15 Toledo, OH 1,091.23
16 Newark, NJ 1,077.71
17 Miami, FL 1,059.96
18 Philadelphia, PA 1,021.45
19 Minneapolis, MN 1,011.96
20 Houston, TX 991.38
21 New Orleans, LA 973.88
22 Cincinnati, OH 905.36
23 Orlando, FL 901.13
24 Chicago, IL 884.29
25 Albuquerque, NM 882.85
26 St. Petersburg, FL 864.93
27 Anchorage, AK 864.57
28 Las Vegas, NV 841.07
29 Tulsa, OK 805.14
30 Pittsburgh, PA 798.08

Dave Miller said...

Skud... one thing that gets me is that we have a large group of people who are extremely vocal in their calls to deport, arrest, bomb, kill and hate a specific group of people based on their religion or culture.

Now I could be wrong, but I think the last group that got that treatment here were Native Americans. What a sad chapter that was in our history.

From the rhetoric we are seeing from the rabid right, is it really a big leap to think some of the more unhinged in society would be incited to kill the moslems, moooslims, rag heads, camel jockeys, etc?

It is disgusting how some talk about others. And yes I know, Dems and libs do it too, but I think we are at another level of public hate and condemnation from the more conservative folks here in the US...

I think...

Flying Junior said...

I took some comfort in the fact that this brainwashed idiot had actually emigrated from Los Angeles California. Oklahoma has a tradition of welcoming Lebanese-Americans. The current population of Oklahoma City still has almost one half of one percent that claim Lebanese-American ancestry. Back in the 1940s, when most of the Okies were good Roosevelt democrats, it was not a problem to have friends and neighbors of Muslim heritage. My own mother knew a Lebanese-American family that ran a grocery store in Broken Arrow. She dated the teenage boy. Texas has a much larger population of Lebanese-Americans.

Perhaps this poor, misguided fool thought that his hatred would be more welcome in a red state.

Rational Nation USA said...

... but I think we are at another level of public hate and condemnation from the more conservative folks here in the US...

Not that it matters, but, I agree Dave.

Jerry Critter said...

Trump's America exploits anger, turns it into hate, which leads to killing.

Shaw Kenawe said...

No wonder the radical righties support Trump, he and his staff are as rabid in their hatred toward Muslims as they are.

From Daily Kos:

Donald Trump has some staff who are … well, a lot like Donald Trump, judging by an AP examination of their social media accounts.

Donald Trump's paid campaign staffers have declared on their personal social media accounts that Muslims are unfit to be U.S. citizens, ridiculed Mexican accents, called for Secretary of State John Kerry to be hanged and stated their readiness for a possible civil war, according to a review by The Associated Press of their postings. [...]

A graphic designer for Trump's advance team approvingly posted video of a black man eating fried chicken and criticizing fellow blacks for ignorance, irresponsibility and having too many children. A Trump field organizer in Virginia declared that Muslims were seeking to impose Sharia law in America and that "those who understand Islam for what it is are gearing up for the fight."

And that’s just among the people not with it enough to have set their accounts to private. This part is particularly entertaining.

Infidel753 said...

And of course the Jabara family isn't even Muslim. There are millions of Christians and people of other religions (as well as atheists) in the Middle East, including about a third of the population of Lebanon where they were from.

Of course an ignoramus like Majors wouldn't know that, or probably even understand it.

The Lebanese have made a lot of progress in overcoming the religious fanaticism that once set them against each other. It's tragic that, in this country, the Jabaras wound up encountering an American whose mind-set was much more like that of ISIL.

skudrunner said...

You are correct that the radical right supports trump while the radical left supports -H- and the reasonable middle are screwed. It is sad that we have no choice in this presidential election. The choice is even worse than it has been for the last five elections and probably back when Regan won.

Trump is totally outrages while -H- is totally corrupt. At this point how you vote is immaterial because "what difference does it make".

Shaw Kenawe said...

skud: "...the radical left supports -H- ..."

Laughable. Where've you been? Anyone who hasn't been under a rock over the past year knows that the "radical left" supported Bernie and will not support Hillary. They're supporting Jill Stein.

As for your claim that Hillary is "totally corrupt," -- that's nothing more than Trumpian bullshit. If you repeat a lie often enough, you're probably a Tea Bagger.

Jerry Critter said...

The difference between the Trump and Clinton supports is interesting. Skud is correct in that the radical right strongly supports Trump. They have no one further right than Trump. Clinton, on the other hand, has very strong mainstream support from both democrats and republicans. The far left democrats have other choices further left than Clinton.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Yes, Jerry, people like skud choose to ignore the fact the many, many mainstream Republicans who're supporting Hillary. That would cause him cognitive dissonance -- believing that only far lefties support Hillary while at the same time facts show that mainstream GOPers and Dems support her.

skudrunner said...

If there were a reasonable candidate running I would guess neither -H- or trump would have much support.
I realize there are a preponderance of yellow dogs on this site but are you really for -H- or just against the republicans.
There is a big belief that neither is fit to be president. There were two people who -H- could beat and one of then is her competition.

Jerry Critter said...

"...are you really for -H- or just against the republicans.

Both. I am for Clinton and against Republicans. There is absolutely no question about the fact that Clinton is much more qualified to be president than Trump. And, republicans have again and again shown that they are incapable of running th government. Hell, they can't even run their own party. The Republican Party is in a shambles.