The hashtag “Muslim Lives Matter” began trending on social media after the deaths of three young Muslims in North Carolina.
There are two questions under scrutiny. One, is a perceived lack of media coverage and questions whether the media ignored this killing of innocent lives because of their religion until twitter users created this platform? The other question concerns whether this was a religious hate crime and asks what motivated the shooter to kill these students?
Although reports indicated that the killings may have been part of an ongoing parking dispute in a residential building, the police have not ruled out the possibility that it was a religiously motivated attack. Hicks, who turned himself in, is a self-described atheist who regularly posted content critical of religion on his Facebook account.
#”Muslim Lives Matter” allows Muslims to express their outrage that their religious group have been victims of the backlash of terrorists who commit violence in the name of Islam around the globe. Taken from the hashtag, “Black Lives Matter”, twitter is giving people a platform for their voices to be heard and their lives to be valued.
Others have said this before, all lives matter. Now, how do we live that?