My Heart Breaks for Asma Mohamed Jama

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My Heart Breaks for Asma Mohamed Jama

I never intended 9 – Until? to be a platform for me to rant about injustice not directly related to the core of the niche I strive to serve. Still the fact is I have a position and an outlet to express it when it comes to matters that hit home such as the despicable abuse that Kenyan national  Asma Mohamed Jama suffered at a Coon’s Rapids, Minneapolis Applebee’s.

While minding her own business with her husband and friends, Asma Mohamed Jama was severely attacked by a white woman who apparently imagines herself as a champion of American integrity named Jodie Burchard-Risch.

 Burchard-Risch overheard and took patriotic offense to Asma’s comfortable usage of Swahili in public.  It was not satisfying enough for Burchard-Risch to curse the Muslima for not speaking “American” she also had throw a drink in Asma’s face and haymaker her with the emptied beer mug.  The attack left Jama with a busted lip and in need of 17 stitches for cuts on her face.

Asma spoke to a CBS affiliate in Minneapolis and said, “I live in America. I can speak English but we prefer to speak our own language if it bothers you I’m sorry.” She talked about the attack saying, “Emotionally, that has destroyed me to be entirely honest.”  A friend of Jama’s set up a GoFundMe to help with her medical expenses, raising over $10,000.

After the attack, Burchard-Risch was caught while trying to flee the scene and was eventually charged with third-degree assault. On Friday, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) called for hate-crime charges against the attacker.

“The current charge is insufficient to communicate the seriousness of and possible bias motive for the alleged attack,”

CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein said Friday in a news release.

 Make no mistake had Asma been a Russian speaking white Christian male here illegally from Eastern Europe the incident would not have occurred!

My heart breaks for Asma Mohamed Jama. She is a victim of the discrimination quadratic for being Female, Islamic, Brown Skinned and International. It’s horrifying that some fellow American citizens would treat any of our international guests so disgustingly. What does it say about us as a whole when idiots latch on with prejudicial malice to the idea that the face of immigration is a brown one and open to random hostile attacks? In my opinion that is the important dynamic to be address. The bad behavior of the ignorant few DOES reflect poorly on all of us and a firm expression of intolerance for hate-mongers on the part of civilized and intelligent citizens is shockingly overdue. An appropriate starting point would be for chronic whitesplainers to take it to the face of their bigoted relatives when Black and Brown people are not present and an inciting incident hasn’t occurred. Politely or not so politely remind them in the recent words of Zoe Saldana on the browning of America, that Person of Color immigrants

“…are doing what your people did. So shut up and just deal with it!”

[box type=”info”] If you’re local to Coon Rapids or have the means to get there, support and attend the Solidarity Rally for Asma at the Coon Rapids City Hall on Sunday November 8th, 2015 at 2PM.[/box]



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