Day 70 Question 70:
What recent news story made a pretty big impact on you?
In the news lately we have been hearing more and more often about various hate crimes that are taking place all over the nation (all over the world actually). I was skipping through questions to possibly answer this week for my blog entries when I came across a headline on Yahoo News that caught my attention: Iraqi Woman Beaten to Death in California, Hate Crime Suspected (I inserted the article below along with a couple of other articles I think people should read to bring awareness to what is really going on in this country).
I am a person filled with love that tries my very best to treat everyone with respect. By no means am I perfect and I admit that I have wrongly judged people or made politically incorrect comments in my day but the idea of hate crimes just absolutely baffles me. I see EVERYONE in this world as equals because we are all human beings. We all breathe the same air. We all have a pulse. We all have a beating heart in our chest. We may vary in size, shape and color but we are all still people. I look at people of different heritages and ethnicities and see an opportunity to learn and also an opportunity to educate. Unfortunately, a lot of people around the world do not see things the way that I do.
In California and Iraqi woman was beaten to death in her own home with a note laying next to her lifeless body that said, “Go back to your country.” She had received a vicious note just a week before in which she was called a terrorist. She was the mother of 5 children and it was her 17 year old daughter that had to discover her mother lying in a pool of blood no longer alive. I can’t wrap my brain around that kind of hatred. Whoever is responsible for this crime I am sure never took into account the young children that would be suffering (emotionally/mentally) without their mother and how emotionally traumatizing it would be for one of them to find her severely beaten body. It is nothing but pure selfishness and IGNORANCE!!!
9/11/2001 marks the date of when the Twin Towers were attacked and thousands of innocent Americans were killed. This was an atrocious act of terrorism and YES the attackers were Muslim but they were Muslim extremists. It is WRONG to blame an entire race of people for the actions of a few. It is WRONG to call all Muslim people terrorists. I work at a restaurant that employs people that are from Mexico, Thailand and Indonesia. My boss (the owner) is a dear friend of mine. She is originally from Indonesia and she was born and raised Muslim. Our former sushi chef was also Muslim. Never ever in a million years would either of these people perform terrorist acts. My boss is one of the kindest people I have ever met and to be honest she takes greater pride in this country than most Americans that were born here. It truly breaks my heart that people believe certain things that they do. It breaks my heart that people can live with hate in their hearts and be ok with it. It breaks my heart to think that violence is the answer for some people. In my opinion, humanity is slowly turning into this place of selfishness and has this overlying tone of “ME ME ME”. As people we need to do something about it. I don’t have the answer but I share what I do in my blogs in order to throw it in people’s faces.
I don’t care what anyone says, there is absolutely NO excuse for hate crimes. If you don’t like someone that is your business. If you choose to be racist or prejudice that is your business too. If you choose to harm or kill another person than you are making it the business of the public. Maybe I am a dreamer but in my opinion, as American people (or people in general) we are a family and we should protect each other. I am amazed at how much hatred occurs between the people of a country called the “UNITED” States. Nowadays, there is nothing united about us. We are people that are divided on almost every issue…whether it be politics, religion, parenting, education, etc. We are a country that just enjoys and argument and it is sadly dividing us as people more and more every single day.
I expect ridicule and backlash for my thoughts. I expect people to tell me that I am wrong. People are entitled to that as I am entitled to my own opinion. That is why I made the title of this blog: In My Opinion. I don’t have all of the answers but I do know that treating people like they are below you is just wrong. I do know that harming people strictly because of their race or creed is wrong. I would love for someone to tell me differently and be able to back is up with a sophisticated argument. I have my doubts that that would be possible.
I feel like this entry has a negative undertone and I feel like I am being kind of snippy and that is not my intention. I am just sick and tired of looking at a newspaper, turning on the news or even just turning on my computer and seeing headlines everyday about someone/people being killed, tortured, beaten based on nothing
but superficial ignorance and hatred. I am an American born white woman (and I guess being a woman I would be inferior in some people’s eyes). I have gay friends. I have black friends. I have Muslim friends. I have Mexican friends. I have disabled friends. I have young friends. I have old friends. I have deaf friends. I wish more people would see the world through different lenses and just accept people. If they choose not to like people then just keep that to themselves and accept that people are different. People have a hard time with acceptance though (I understand it is not always an easy thing). People have been born and raised to believe that the answer is to spout off at the mouth and to fight. I am not saying people should always just keep their mouths shut but I believe we need to start educating children at a young age about tact, discretion and respect. Too many adults these days are shitty role models for their children…just check out the 2nd video I posted below. Remember while you watch that this woman is a mother (warning there is a lot of swearing).
I don’t have all of the answers on how to stop hate crimes. I cannot change everyone’s minds and views on the world (I wouldn’t want to). I just hate to see the direction our world is headed. I feel like over time we should have started to move past racism and prejudice but it seems to be getting stronger and stronger every minute, every day and every year. Please check out the news articles below and the videos I have posted and share them. No, they are not easy topics to take in but there needs to be awareness. If you are a parent I hope you teach your children about equality and teach them about humanity. As people we need to start educating each other. We need to take a stand and better ourselves. Hatred (in my opinion) is unnatural. It is a reflex for some people because that is what they were taught to know all while growing up. We need to teach love. Love is natural. Acceptance is the right choice. Kindness is the answer. If you are unable to practice these things then keep to yourself. Violence solves absolutely nothing. This is something I know for certain. Violence only causes more mass chaos. Do you want to be the cause of mass chaos?
Iraqi Woman Beaten to Death in California, Hate Crime Suspected
By Olivia Katrandjian | ABC
A woman from Iraq who was found beaten, lying in a pool of blood in her in El Cajon, Calif., home next to a note saying “go back to your country,” has died and police are investigating her death as a possible a hate crime.
Shaima Alawadi’s 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious on the dining room floor of her home Wednesday. She was taken to the hospital and put on life support, but she was taken off life around 3 p.m. Saturday.
“Our understanding is that she was beaten and she was hit with some kind of a tool about 8 times in the head. She was knocked on the floor and was found in a pool of blood,” said Hanif Mohebi, the director of the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Alawadi was a 32-year-old mother of five children, ranging in age from eight to 17.
“A week ago they left a letter saying this is our country not yours you terrorist, and so my mom ignored that thinking it was just kids playing a prank,” Alawadi’s daughter, Fatima Al Himidi, told ABC News affiliate KGTV. “But the day they hit her, they left another note again, and it said the same thing.”
Al Himidi told KGTV the intruders did not steal anything from their home, and the only motive must have been hate.
“A hate crime is one of the possibilities, and we will be looking at that,” Lt. Mark Coit said, according to The Associated Press. “We don’t want to focus on only one issue and miss something else.”
Al Awadi immigrated to the United States from Iraq in the mid-1990s.
There is a large Iraqi population in El Cajon, Mohebi said, and its members often face “discriminatory hate incidents.”
“Our ultimate goal is that whoever did this is brought to justice,” Mohebi said.
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