52 seconds ago
Words by @khaledbeydoun:
WE'RE TURNING THE TIDE- 5 Years ago, I wrote an article about a Muslim police officer who was killed by terrorists in France. He was doing his job, and in the process of saving others lives, was a hero.
However this hero wasn't covered by news media or celebrated like he deserved. Rather, the media focused and fixated on Muslims **exclusively as villains**, as terrorists and as savages. The media centered Muslims when terrorists, and ignored when Muslims when heroes or victims.
I wrote the quote in the picture of that article, and since then, it has emerged into somewhat of a call to action. It drove me to write a book, and this past week it fueled me to amplify the names and center the 50 lives massacred in Christchurch. This wasn't a campaign that's started in the aftermath of this tragedy, but a lifelong intellectual, spiritual and practical commitment of mine. Making there that Muslims are humanized is central to diminishing and dismantling Islamophobia- an area I've been examining well before, "Islamophobia" was a cognizable or popular term.
The past week so many of us heeded that call to action, and made sure that Naeem Rashid, Mucad Ibrahim, Husna Ahmed, Khaled mustafa and the 46 other victims were the very center of our focus. This continues with our effort to build 50 wells as tribute and will continue well beyond that.
The tide can only turn if we take control, and make sure Muslim victims deserve EVEN MORE PRINT AND NEWS COVERAGE than the terrorists whose names we should ignore and not utter. 50 wells for 50 lives.
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