Last Wednesday, three Sudanese American boys were shot and killed execution-style in Fort Wayne, Indiana: Adam Mekki (age 20), Mohamedtaha Omar (age 23) and Muhannad Tairab (age 17).
Local authorities acknowledge that the boys had no past interactions with law enforcement, yet the Fort Wayne public safety director has already stated there is â€œâ€¦no reason to believe this was any type of hate crime or focused because of their religion or their nationality whatsoever.â€
#OurThreeBoys deserve better.
In the current climate of rampant Islamophobia, anti-blackness and anti-immigrant rhetoric, it is irresponsible and reprehensible to make premature declarations on the nature of this crime. Help demand that local and federal law enforcement fully investigate the murders of Adam, Mohamedtaha and Muhannad as a possible hate crime and deliver a sense of hope for the loved ones of #OurThreeBoys.
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Letâ€™s continue to unite for justice for all Black lives. From Ferguson to Fort Wayne, let us continue to affirm: #BlackLivesMatter.
The BAJI Team
Opal, Tia, Carl, Juwaher, Devonte, Ben and Jardyn
p.s. For African immigrants, African Americans and black folks of every origin, this is the shared narrative we face: police agencies across America refusing to protect and serve our children with the dignity they deserve. Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) was founded over a decade ago to unite the African Diaspora in the fight for justice by offering advocacy, strategy and support to families, organizers and individuals. Help us continue our work by becoming a donor today.