Earlier this month, Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, Yusor and Razan’s father and Deah’s father-in-law, testified at a congressional hearing about white nationalism and hate crimes. And based on the way he was treated on the stand, America has learned nothing from the shootings four years ago.
The hearing seemed great in theory, but as most things go in today’s U.S. politics, it quickly dissolved into a shameful mess. Held after the Christchurch shooting that killed over 50 Muslims, Abu-Salha was instead put on the stand to be the sole representative for a religion of over a billion, justify the integrity of his religion after an emotional account of his children’s murder and defend himself against outdated stereotypes of Muslim anti-Semitism. The hearing, instead of addressing the very real threat of white nationalism, managed to instead use its four hours to pit marginalized groups against each other. (They also, out of all 327.2 million Americans to choose from, had Candace Owens speaking.)
Muslims, Jews, African Americans and more all deserve our attention. But what ties these different groups together is white supremacy, a looming threat both nationally and on this campus. And as we’ve seen time and time again, white supremacy kills.
Abu-Salha should have been given the chance to dive into the prejudice and hate from a white man that ripped three of his children away from him. Instead, here are some questions he was asked by Rep. Hank Johnson, from Georgia, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, from Texas — both Democrats.
“Did you teach your daughters hatred?”