Where Is The Love?: The Ft. Hood Post

"Image via Fox News, Location of Ft. Hood"

I've been awake all of 20 mins and am flooded with tweets and text regarding the Ft.Hood story. Granted, I am from Texas and so perhaps some of the people texting me are looking for answers as opposed to predicting discrimination but, when I read a tweet stating,

"RT @akonsen I'll bet a $250 Red Cross donation that the #FtHood shooters are Muslim. Any takers?"

My heart immediately sinks, and how could it not? More and more I'm faced with the reality that Islam is currently at the forefront of nearly every instance of media-covered violence. From banks to schools and even in churches if there is crime and there is a person needed to blame you can rest assured a "Muslim" or at least a person with an "Arabic" name will be arrested or killed for the suspected charges soon after. Here's the thing, I'm not denying that ONE of the suspected gunmen was a Muslim. I am however begging Americans, and people everywhere, to recognize that one act of violence on behalf of an individual claiming Islam does not equate an entire religion of violent people.The current facts are as follows per Fox News:

A shooting rampage Thursday afternoon at the Army's Fort Hood in Texas killed 11 and wounded 31 before the gunman was killed and two suspects taken into custody. All three of the people believed to have carried out the shooting were soldiers, Lt. General Bob Cone told reporters Thursday evening, though the motive remains unclear.
Cone said witnesses reported seeing more than one shooter, but that couldn't be confirmed. The primary shooter used two handguns, he said.

The shooting took place 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the post's Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers undergo medical screening before being deployed or after returning from overseas.

We all know however that Fox News doesn't exactly have the clearest track record of viable 'news,' as it's often biased and ill-cited. Distress lies in the fact that one of the supposed shooters was a man by the name of Major Malik Nadal Hasan. Hasan is a recent convert to Islam, a suspect who conveniently matches the scapegoat criteria of having both an "Arabic-sounding name" and being Muslim. Some immediate points of interest are the words, recent and convert. A person who converts, be it any religion, is not necessarily equipped with all of the same tendencies or understandings that a person who's been practicing their entire lives or at least longer than 'recently' might have been exposed to. Accordingly, I find it worthy of emphasis that the suspected shooter is a recent convert, recent meaning perhaps Major Mailk was not as aware of the true meaning behind Islams ever peaceful ideals. With any religion, race, or other varying factors of an individual there is always room for flaw, misunderstanding, and failure. We after all are but humans. Am I justifying the actions of Major Malik? Not in the slightest, if he did as he is accused with then he is wrong, period. There is no justification in the world, in my opinion, for take any innocent life.

Just makes me want to sing out in Black Eyed Peas lyrics:

I think the whole worlds addicted to the drama
Only attracted to the things that bring you trauma
Overseas yeah we tryin to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin
In the USA the big CIA the Bloodz and the Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate

Real talk: If you never know peace then you never know love.

For fast facts regarding the Ft. Hood shooting be sure to check Hot Air.com & ABC News.


Constructive Attitude said...

I didnt hear about the Ft. Hood story............

but I'm glad you wrote this post.

Anonymous said...

Read your Twitter stream, thank you for writing this. It means alot to a Non-Muslim person with an "arabic-sounding name."

We aren't all bad.

Anonymous said...

Not everyone thinks that all followers of Islam are people to be feared or hated.

It won't always be like this, though unfortunately change comes too slow- especially here.

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PerplxinTexan♥ said...

Carlos Mencia once said, in America prejudice is like a game of tag- where you just run up and slap the next minority group in line. He jokes and it was funny because it was too true.

Linus said...

Assalamu alaykum. Help me share Islam to the world. link my article to your blog. May Allah reward you.

jannahsteps said...

Nicely written- Thank you so much for writing this.

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