Girl’s death comes two days after man invaded her party and attacked nine people with knife
How sad is that? I’m not sure how much coverage this story received in the US but it was all over the international media. I fully expected the assailant to be another angry, xenophobic, hate-filled white guy but this time it was an African-American man, presumably batshit crazy. Even though the victims are refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Ethiopia, the local police chief says the evidence does not suggest the knife attack was a hate crime.
This reminds me a little of Linh Dinh’s spot-on 2010 article House Slave Syndrome, which he begins with this thought: A recent article declares, “Tired of war, thousands of Iraqis want to go to U.S.” What it fails to mention is who triggered all the bloodshed. Who made conditions in Iraq so intolerable that these people must flee?
In addition to Iraq, that is also the case with Syria. They make their way to the US only to be murdered in cold-blood. They had to flee their home countries to the source of their suffering, a place where they thought they could find peace and rebuild their lives only to experience more bloodshed, this time their own, at the hands of a deranged killer.