‘I’m not going to lie: I’m not scared’: Muslim American immigrant speaks out about racism, homophobia in the US
“I’m a Muslim American.
I’m proud of my heritage and heritage is what makes me who I am,” said Omar Zayat, a Muslim immigrant who was born in New York City and who lives in Queens.
“I was raised Muslim, but I’m a proud Muslim,” Zayate told the group of about 50 people.
“And I think it’s important to talk about the issues that are important to us, that’s the big issue.”
Zayata said that as an immigrant, he has been constantly asked to “show support for our country” and that he had felt uncomfortable speaking out about his country because of “white privilege.”
He also said that being “white” is not enough.
“It is not about being black, it is not being brown, it’s not being female, it has to be white,” Zaysat said.
“We are all one in the same and it is our privilege to speak out for the country.”
Zaysi’s comments come days after President Donald Trump’s Justice Department announced that it had opened an investigation into the death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died while in police custody in Texas.
Trump’s response was seen as a backlash to the decision by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to open a civil rights investigation into Bland’s death.
“Sandra Bland was murdered,” Trump tweeted.
“She should be tried in the most lenient way possible.
The American people are sick and tired of hearing about her death.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday said that while there is no evidence of wrongdoing by the police, Trump was “disappointed” with the decision.
“There’s been no evidence that he knew anything about it, he’s disappointed,” Sanders told reporters.
“This is the first we’ve heard about this since the election.”
The investigation, which is being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, is being overseen by a former prosecutor, not by a judge.
The New York State attorney general’s office and the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey announced on Monday that they were joining the probe, according to the Associated Press.
The AP reported that the New York attorney general is a former Trump campaign adviser and that the U and the FBI are also involved in the probe.
Trump has previously suggested that Bland was killed while in custody and that her death was politically motivated.
The White House said in October that Trump had not made any formal request for the probe to be reopened.
The DOJ said in a statement that it is “committed to holding accountable those who commit hate crimes.”
It said the department was conducting an “ongoing review” into the deaths of several people who died in custody of the police and said it would not be releasing any information about the case.
“The Department of Justice has made it clear that there will be no recriminations for the actions of those who killed Sandra Bland and other individuals in custody,” it said.
Zayats comments come as a growing number of Muslims across the country are voicing concerns about police brutality, violence and racism.
On Saturday, members of the Muslim advocacy group Muslim Advocates for Justice held a protest outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., where protesters held signs that read “No more hate,” “Stop police brutality,” “No police killings,” and “Black lives matter.”
The protest, which also included a call for Trump to resign, drew about 400 people and was organized by Muslim Advocacy for Justice, a group that has received significant support from Trump’s administration.
“Every single day I wake up and I see the violence and the hate that we are facing,” said Zayati, adding that he believes the Black Lives Matter movement is being used to push for a change in policy.
“These things are happening every single day, but people have to come together,” Zayedat said of the Black Life Matter movement.
“People have to stand up for what they believe in.
People have to do it, and we have to fight back.”