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A little over a week ago, the shooting of three young Muslim Americans in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, shook the nation – or did it? Did it really hit the mainstream news cycle and the public consciousness hard, the way the Charlie Hebdo attack did globally? While Twitter was abuzz with which memes to use to engage with news and analyses about the brutal murders of Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammed Abu Salha, and Razan Mohammed Abu Salha by their white neighbor Craig Stephen Hicks, the mainstream media and the public consciousness failed to consider this a racist hate crime and many reports and analyses still perceive it as a parking dispute between neighbors that escalated to tragic heights. Why is there such a schizophrenic mainstream denial of this tragic incident? Do #Muslimlivesmatter? What is missing from debates that we need to know in a growing climate of Islamophobia in the U.S. and world wide?
Plus a short spotlight on Black History Month where we connect the dots between South Asian diasporic history and the Civil Rights Movement, and a report from the Hawaiian Pacific Islander contingent at the March for Real Climate Leadership.