Suzanne Barakat: Islamophobia killed my brother. Let's end the hate
Suzanne Barakat - Physician
With a voice amplified by unthinkable personal tragedy, Suzanne Barakat speaks out against bigotry and violence against those society deems "different." Full bio
were gruesomely murdered
that it's really difficult
of this talk you will make a choice,
for his wedding photo shoot.
particularly Steph Curry, fanatic --
ready to take on the world.
have their first dance,
and burst into tears.
in North Carolina for a short visit,
I run upstairs to Deah's room,
being a newly married man.
She's an amazing girl."
been accepted to join Deah
and at her urging,
attending their favorite team of the NBA,
sitting there with him --
a basketball-obsessed kid,
into an accomplished young man.
of his dental school class,
community service projects
they were planning
as an architectural engineering student
for the local homeless,
and look at Deah and tell him,
than I am in this moment."
without waking him
at San Francisco General Hospital
text messages expressing condolences.
who calmly intones,
in Deah's neighborhood in Chapel Hill.
"shooting in Chapel Hill."
in the back of the head
onto the gritty hospital floor,
out of San Francisco,
and faint into my parents' arms,
as I did so many times before,
that will never be filled.
off the bus from class,
they heard a knock on the door.
to fire multiple shots at him.
and fired a single shot into Yusor's hip,
against her head,
lacerated her midbrain.
who was screaming for her life,
a bullet in the mouth --
to be safe: their home.
had been harassing them:
on a couple of occasions.
that he didn't like the way they looked.
to be kind to her neighbor,
so numb to the hatred
it turning into fatal violence.
turned himself in to the police
public statement that morning,
without bothering to question it
become the go-to sound bite.
and remember his words,
so freely and with so much love,
to climb through my crippling grief
be diminished to a segment
because of their faith,
they chose to don on their heads,
or Muslim-appearing person
college students execution-style,
acts of violence in the US,
my family voice,
to everyone I know in media.
overflowing with friends and family,
sits down next to my parents
of experience in journalism,
there in his capacity as journalist,
of local media interview requests.
at a local community center.
the words to thank him.
all the news channels present," he said.
could not do for ourselves
from the previous night.
by Anderson Cooper.
Chicago Tribune --
Yusor and Razan,
of anti-Muslim hatred.
is a socially acceptable form of bigotry.
that happen 99 percent of the time.
and financial gains off our backs.
like Donald Trump,
from entering this country.
by his neighbor --
for a mere 8 months,
Khalid's mother with his car.
to national news.
doesn't just happen in a vacuum.
looks over at my colleague,
and says, "San Bernardino,"
family members to Islamophobia,
within my program
people in Los Angeles."
but treat you with respect and kindness?
you compassionate care?"
what she said was wrong,
of treatment all the time."
microaggressions on a daily basis.
where we've witnessed something wrong
with the tools to respond in the moment.
of our own implicit biases.
into the ally zone.
Muslims in America.
of the total population.
the words of our enemies,
Neal's allyship so profound?
his professional expertise and resources
professor at Wheaton College
discrimination every day.
at the University of Virginia,
race, faith and culture.
allyship needs to be so serious.
a 15-year-old Muslim girl's mission
as a part of an "us"
of Women's Running magazine
on the cover of a US fitness magazine.
their platforms and resources
do you bring to the table?
into your discomfort
all have a Muslim neighbor,
with them in solidarity.
Deah, Yusor and Razan.
About the speaker:Suzanne Barakat - Physician
With a voice amplified by unthinkable personal tragedy, Suzanne Barakat speaks out against bigotry and violence against those society deems "different."
Why you should listen
On February 10, 2015, San Francisco doctor Suzanne Barakat received shattering news -- that her brother, Deah Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan, had been shot and killed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In spite of the noncommittal reaction of the police, Barakat recognized the shooting for what it really was -- a hate crime.
Since then, Barakat's mission has been to counter Islamophobia with her message of inclusivity, while sounding the alarm that unless we can stem the tide of hate, anyone who society marginalizes as “other” faces an increased risk of violence.
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