SHAFAQNA – While the murder of three young Muslims in North Carolina (United States) failed to mobilize much media attention, despite the very hateful and sectarian nature of the crime, newspapers and TV stations went on a media rampage to denounce the Copenhagen shooting.
While both crimes should have been widely and equally condemned, western media chose to discriminate against Muslims, somewhat relegating hate crimes to a cultural reality and not heinous acts.
Human life should never be relative to one’s ethnicity or religion.
According to police reports unidentified gunmen targeted a cultural centre in Copenhagen hosting a debate on Islam and free speech. As the men opened fire on the ground, one person was killed and three police officers were wounded.
Swedish artist, Lars Vilks, the author of the very controversial anti-Islamic cartoons in 2007, who attended the event is believed to have been the main intended target.
While US President Barack Obama only felt compelled to react to the triple murder at Chapel Hill of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 after Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed his silence, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, was comparatively quick to label Copenhagen attack a terrorist act.
Soon on her heels, western officials published statements after statements, comparing Copenhagen shoot-out with the Charlie Hebdo incident. On Chapel Hill triple murder however, not so much as whisper.