As a result of the coverage regarding the three Muslim students who were shot and killed earlier this week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Shafi Khan, a friend of the victims, told CNN that Fox and the GOP constantly demonize Muslims.
“Speaking as an American Muslim, I can tell you that we can’t deny there’s a sentiment in the community that we feel that we were being targeted for our faith,” Khan said. “There [are] certain sections of the media and political apparatus that are constantly demonizing Muslims. And I want to take a minute and ask people like Fox News and Bobby Jindal to stop the dehumanization of Muslims.”
“It’s really, really starting to take a toll. Last week, and elected official named John Bennett, who’s a state senator, said Islam is a cancer that needs to be cut out of society. And the Republican Party establishment came out and made a point to say that we stand by him.
These people need to reflect sincerely about what they’re doing to the social cohesion of this country. Imagine if someone had said that about the Jewish community. And the important point is that black lives matter, white lives matter, Muslim lives matter, all lives matter. We have to start putting this point across to the community.”
Watch Khan’s full remarks to CNN.