Last week, three young Black men were found murdered in a Fort Wayne, Indiana home: Mohamedtaha Omar, 23, Adam Kamel Mekki, 20, and Muhannad Adam Tairab, 17.
As a writer, advocate for justice, and Black Muslim man from Baltimore, I have unfortunately become accustomed to a United States of America where violence, particularly against Black people, is the order of the day.
Even so, it is extremely troubling when some lives are valued more than others. The muted attention given to this case and the lackluster response from officials in Indiana are a sad reflection of today's society.
The current response from law enforcement--immediately being dismissive of the idea that this might be a hate crime and hinting at gang violence, is deeply troubling in a time of growing Islamophobia and mass criminalization of Black youth.
It is paramount that officials in Fort Wayne and in Indiana do their utmost to ensure a full investigation into the murders of these youths.
Whatever the circumstances of their deaths, the murders of these young men warrant a full and complete investigation.
- Tariq Toure for MPower Change