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Khalid Jabara Was Victim Of Hate Crime And Tulsa Police Failure

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Vernon Majors, a 61 year-old White male had been violently harassing and intimidating his Christian Lebanese Arab neighbors, the Jabara family for years. He used racial epithets against them and also Islamophobic slurs consistently over this time period.

In fact, he intentionally struck the mother of the family, Haifa Jabara with his car causing grave bodily injuries to her person for which he was sent to prison. Eventually he bonded out and that’s when the nightmare for the Jabara family began all over again.

This story reflects the Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism rampant in America and a complete breakdown and failure on the part of the Tulsa Police Department to protect its citizens. The Jabara family did everything they could within the law to protect themselves but the Tulsa PD did not take them seriously. The question is why and how much did bias play a part?

Muslim civil rights activist Ahmed Rehab has called on those concerned by this brutal hate crime to go onto the Facebook page of the Tulsa Police Department and give them a “1 star review.”

Just rated Tulsa Police a “1 star” on their FB page, and let them know why. Please do the same. If you want more details on the murder of Khalid, see my last status. I am sure if they get a torrent of bad reviews, it will make it into the chief’s meeting. A good fast way to let them know how you feel.

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  • sasboy

    May God rest this poor man’s soul.

  • Joey Sanders

    This is America. They don’t, usually, give the death penalty to a murderer when the perpetrator is white and the victim is not. One of those unequal applications of the law I was talking about before in another post.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    I doubt it had much to do with that. The actual instigator was more likely

  • (((Reynardine)))

    It’d be hard to draw a line around “deviations” to which consent between adults doesn’t apply. Aside from snuff stuff, paedophilic stuff, and zoöphilic stuff, I’d include anything that could cause great bodily harm. Other than that, no biological activity stands up well to strict scrutiny. Take food… in the most refined company, you can discuss the table linens, the silverware, the centerpiece, the fragrances, the carving of meat, the crunching of celery or pastry… and then? Mastication, saliva, the sliding of the spitty, chewed-up bolus down the esophagus, chyme, etc…. all the way to the toilet? Quite suitable in medical surroundings, but, Doctor, if you discuss that while dining, I doubt you get many dinner invitations from people who aren’t gastroenterologists.

  • Khizer

    Apparently to some….not much.

  • Joey Sanders

    Also, it shows the ignorance of Majors. Because, the media of this country portrays Arabs and Muslims with one brush this idiot did not realize that:

    1. ISIL throwing gays off of rooftops is their law. It is not the law of Lebanon.

    2. Not all Arabs are Muslim. It is like how the media portrays all Palestinians as Muslims. They leave out the fact that there are Christians in the area too.

    3. He is a byproduct of the Bill Mahers and Sam Harrises of the world that wish to portray all Muslims as bloodthirsty and evil.

    Majors being gay meant that it probably did not matter if Jabara was Christian or Muslim. Both religions take an unfavorable stand against homosexuality.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    Meanwhile, the inspiration for this sort of thing got his wish today: his statue, uh, erected, in many a public square:

  • (((Reynardine)))

    Meanwhile, for those of us who have any opportunity to right wrongs…

  • (((Reynardine)))

    I see you have found SPLC. If you go through their contact information, you will find online and hard copy contact addresses. A pattern and practice of not protecting certain groups might interest them.

  • Broken Angel

    Thank you, please pray for his dear family.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    The question of a lead parachute does not really depend on any kinks he keeps to himself and any consenting adult human beings. That said, his unfortunate spouse also tried to warn the authorities.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    Was this in Tulsa also? Are you also someone who might be perceived as Arab, Muslim, or both? If so, I can provide you with a contact.

  • Khizer

    But you don’t understand, doctor, he was trying to protect gay rights by killing a man and nearly killing his mother, because they were evil Arabs who hate the gays and CLEARLY to stop oppression of gays it is clearly LOGICAL to harass a innocent family. Truly this man was a hero.

    (SARCASM)

  • (((Reynardine)))

    I have no notion why he was not charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, vehicular assault, and — if the mother was sixty-five or older– assorted enhancements associated with that.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    I expect you’re putting the “pick” in “picayune”.

    “Arab” indicates a common linguistic, and — to a lesser extent-‘ cultural heritage. As such, “Arabs” can be of various skin colors and religious affiliations, just like the predecessor “Punic” peoples.

    A hate crime is not defined by the victim’s actual religious, ethnic, or gender affiliation, nor by their actual sexual orientation, but by whether the perpetrator perceived them to be so affiliated and committed the offense because of it. When such an offense meets that criterion, it incurs federal jurisdiction.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Umm, the article claims that the murderer was anti-Arab, anti-Islam, anti-Black, and anti-Mexican. It also says that the male murderer had married another man and murdered a man married to a woman. So, the murder motive doesn’t appear to be anti-gay.

    The article then makes the unfounded claim that the murderer’s anti-Arab and/or anti-Islam bigotry could possibly be due to him hearing discussions or news or propaganda about ISIS throwing people it says are gay off rooftops. (“Around the same time ISIS debuted its first anti-gay snuff film, Majors married a man named Stephen Anthony Schmauss. This raises the troubling possiblity that the pinkwashing narrative adopted by the American right in recent years resonated with Majors on a personal level.”)

    Given that the murderer was also anti-Black and anti-Mexican, per the article, that type of pure speculation (“raises the troubling possib[i]lity” that something “resonated … on a personal level”) on why the murderer had one more bigotry sounds more of an article writer trying to use a tragedy to justify her own worldview than real journalism.

  • Pragney

    I dug further and it seems clear it was anti-Arab, anti-Islam and anti-gay.

    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/did-police-inaction-and-pinkwashing-help-kill-khalid-jabara

  • mindy1

    So sorry 🙁

  • Just_Stopping_By

    If the question is whether the murderer was racist or Islamophobic, then the question is whether the murderer was acting based on his perception of Mr. Jabara’s race or religion.

    If the question is whether there is systemic racism or Islamophobia in society, then the question should consider what definition(s) society (or different members of society) uses to define or perceive race or religion.

    I think that bigotry (whether due to perceived race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin) and gross police incompetence are both valid and important points of discussion here. And they may overlap: are the police more likely to ignore threats and actual violence against minorities than against members of the majority group? I think the answer is often “yes.”

  • Pragney

    My point is Arab people a race, how is it defined? Example: Jews and Italians were not considered white until relatively recently if I recall – so who decides and based on what? So how can it be racism and if he is Christian then how is this Islamophobia? Perception is subjective. The broader discussion for me is gross police incompetence.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Not sure what your point is here. If you are concerned that this may not technically be a racist crime, fine, call it a crime of bigotry. Does it really matter here if Mr. Jabara was killed because of his Arab ethnicity, Lebanese heritage or potential citizenship, or perhaps perceived religion? Yes, it may matter for combating particular bigotries, but in terms of the broader discussion, killing someone because of their real or perceived ethnicity, heritage, nationality, or religion is a hate crime.

  • Pragney

    The police failed miserably, no doubt. Is race a social construct or a biological reality –
    are Arab people a race – are Lebanese people considered white in the US?

  • Broken Angel

    Khalid Jabara, Christain Lebanese, was my best friend and I am not surprised the police did a pathetic job once again!!! I say this because I also was run over, by a different person than Vernon Majors, however the girl who ran over my leg was not arrested even when she had no car insurance…. So finished with the police! They do not even correctly fill out their own police reports. Oh and I especially love to get those phone calls about please donate to the retired police department fund!
    Wow I do not get a retirement fund as many other people. I shall never recover from this atrocity.
    Forever missing my Angel Khalid 🙁

  • (((Reynardine)))

    I suspect this was deliberate malfeasance masquerading as accidental nonfeasance. There is no way that man should have been out, and no way he should not have been taken back into custody.

  • mindy1

    At the very least, someone was asleep on the job.

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