NETWORK AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA
Why Muslim Lives Don’t Matter – Nadia El-Zein Tonova and Khaled A. Beydoun, Al Jazeera
Young New York City Muslims speak out on how Islamophobia impacts daily life – Alex Kane, Mondoweiss
Muslim Parents and ‘the Talk’ in the Wake of the Chapel Hill Murders – Beenish Ahmed, Vice
Wake Forest stands by its Muslim chaplain, despite call for donor boycott until views of ‘radical jihadist’ can be debated – Susan Svrluga, Washington Post
Unwavering Pluralism and the Beloved Community in the Face of Duke’s Decision – Omid Safi, On Being
A Land Called Paradise – Lena Khan, Murad Aldin Amayreh, and Fahmi F. Farahat
Jews Recommit to Standing Against Islamophobia – Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition, New York City
3 Muslims gunned down in #ChapelHillShooting – Al Jazeera America
Reverend William Barber leads prayer for Chapel Hill students – North Carolina NAACP
Fear Inc: Explore the $57 million network fueling Islamophobia in the United States – Islamophobia Network
Muslim American Public Affairs Council – North Carolina
on choosing not to use the #MUSLIMLIVESMATTER hashtag
I caution all to abstain from using the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter. The original HT is in response to systematic police brutality, the senselessness of extrajudicial killings by law enforcement, and the following lack of justice in US courts for what amounts to execution by officers and vigilantes.
I am reminded daily that Muslim lives are considered less than and Muslim deaths do not matter in the eyes of our foreign policy and most of our media. But this was not an officer who murdered these beautiful young adults in Chapel Hill, nor, more importantly, do we have any reason to believe there will not be a fair trial (really, any trial) in which the killer will be held accountable for his actions. He is already in custody for first degree homicide, which is far more a step towards some kind of justice than the loved ones of many Black victims will ever see.
When so many US non-Black Muslims and non-Muslims have been so behind in committing to actual work on #BlackLivesMatter, it is especially egregious and disrespectful for us to then co-opt the HT for any reason, including the pain of this event. Please do not derail the conversation, hurt those affected, and add to the lack of solidarity any further.
Use your edit button, check your privilege, and mourn and act for justice for all. There are ways to grieve without adding to anyone else’s pain. As American Muslims, we know the ramifications of not doing this all too well.
Some other options to use are #WithMuslims,#JusticeForMuslims, or #IGotYourBack instead. Lastly, #OurThreeWinners is the hashtag used by the family and friends of the victims, and you should go follow the Page as well: Our Three Winners.