March 25, 2012
Mother of five beaten to death for being a Muslim immigrant
Horrible news has shaken Muslims in San Diego. From the U-T:
Shaima Alawadi, 32, was found unconscious in her home Wednesday morning. She was taken off life support yesterday. The note found next to her body reportedly said: “Go back to your own country. You’re a terrorist.”
Alawadi’s status as a “terrorist” appears to have been tied entirely to the facts that she was an Iraqi-borne Muslim who wore the hijab. That’s it.
It’s disgusting, and it is no surprise that global condemnation has been pronounced online. Many have drawn a parallel between the the beating death of Alawadi and the shooting of Trayvon Martin. For instance, NPR’s Andy Carvin tweeted: “Curious to hear your thoughts on this, @GeraldoRivera. Is wearing a hijab as dangerous as a hoodie? http://ow.ly/1JaCoJ #RIPShaima.”
Though on their face, the two deaths look different, they both come from the same hateful place—it’s just that one was motivated by race and the other by religion.