Chapel Hill shooting: Three young Muslims have been executed, but the media ignored it because of their religion

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Chapel Hill shooting victims in US – Deah Shaddy Barakat , age 23 and his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21

Just as I was getting my kids ready for school this morning, I heard my phone beep. I glanced down, and saw the words “Muslims Shot Dead in Chapel Hill”. I froze, and felt a familiar chill run down my back.

I rushed to Twitter in a desperate attempt to find out more. Who were these three people? Why were they killed? Are we at a point where Muslims are no longer safe in their homes? Or could this have been a random attack? I was secretly and maybe naively hoping it was the latter.

The attack would have happened around 10pm in the UK. When stories break at this time, the British press might have sent their latest editions to print, but they are still usually picked up by their…

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  1. “OPINION – Why Muslim Lives Don’t Matter: Before, and Beyond, the Chapel Hill Shooting
    Posted on February 20, 2015 by mjrandl

    By Khaled A. Beydoun
    Assistant Professor of Law, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

    Irrespective of what rallying cries, signs, or adapted hashtags proclaim – Muslim lives in America don’t matter. The aftermath of the murder of the three Muslim American students in Chapel Hill, and the broader context that spurred it, reconfirms this brutal truth.

    The three victims – Deah Barakah (23), his wife Yusor Abu-Salha (21), and her sister Razan Abu-Salha (19), were killed at approximately 5:11pm on Tuesday. The identity of the killer, Craig Stephen Hicks (46), was revealed roughly seven hours later.

    Despite the release of these facts, and probative evidence that the executions were likely a hate crime, national media outlets remained silent. History affirms that a reversal of racial and religious identities – an Arab and Muslim culprit and White victims – would have spurred immediate media attention, on a national and global scale. However, given that Barakah and the Abu-Salha sisters were Arab and Muslim, the media lagged to cover the story.

    In addition to media devaluation of Muslim lives, state-sponsored government policies targeting Muslim-Americans affirm the conflation of Muslim identity with terrorist threat. Institutional policy, in the form of state surveillance, profiling and counter-radicalizations programming, tie Muslim identity to suspicion and subversion, which emboldens the hate-fueled violence inflicted by private citizens, like Hicks.

    Between media misrepresentation and neglect, and systematic state surveillance and suppression of Muslims, the facts in America lead to the undeniable conclusion that Muslim lives don’t matter.

    Media Rushes to Cover Muslim Villains – Not Victims…”


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