Let’s play a game called “edit out the whitewashing in this Washington Post article:”
Khalid Jabara was worried.
Last year, his mother had been jogging through the family’s quiet Tulsa neighborhood when she was nearly killed in a vicious hit-and-run. Police quickly arrested Vernon Majors, who, according to a police report, confessed to the crime and even offered a motive, calling the Jabaras “filthy Lebanese.”
On May 25 of this year, however, Majors bonded out of jail.
That’s when he returned home — right next to the Jabaras.
Must be some of that “tough on crime” policy to let loose an attempted murderer.
On Friday, Khalid learned that his next-door neighbor, the man accused of harassing his family and attacking his mother, was now armed.
Not “attacking.” Attempting to murder. Let’s not beat about the bush here.
“Khalid called the police stating this man had a gun and that he was scared for what might happen,” his sister, Victoria Jabara Williams, wrote on Facebook. “The police came and told him there was nothing to be done.”
Police useless until there’s a body? Say it ain’t so.
Minutes later, Khalid was talking on the phone with his family when he stepped outside to get the mail.
Majors was waiting for him, police say.
The 61-year-old opened fire, fatally wounding the 37-year-old Khalid, according to police.
After a bizarre standoff involving bare feet and a six-pack of beer, Majors was arrested. He will be formally charged with first-degree murder as soon as he is released from a hospital later this week, police said in a news release.
Another white murderer survives a police stand-off. Definitely haven’t seen that before.
“This certainly is a tragedy … but this is not a whodunit,” Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker told The Washington Post, citing one eyewitness account as well as the history of problems between Majors and his Lebanese neighbors.
A “tragedy” would be Khalid losing his life in a tornado. Or a flash food. Or an earthquake.
This wasn’t a tragedy. The murderer had full control over his facilities. Racism is not an inevitable or random fact of nature, it is a social construct designed to help the privileged retain privilege.
“My family lived in fear of this man and his hatred for years,” Victoria Jabara Williams wrote. “Yet in May, not even one year after he ran over our mother and despite our repeated protests, he was released from jail with no conditions on his bond — no ankle monitor, no drug/alcohol testing, nothing.”
“This man was a known danger,” she continued. “Our brother’s death could have been prevented.”
#WhiteLivesMatter. That’s why attempted murderers get off after a year of jail without so much as house arrest or, you know, gun restrictions.
Police confirmed that Khalid Jabara had called 911 minutes before the shooting. Officers responded to a report of someone knocking on the Jabaras’ windows but did not question Majors and left at 6:40 p.m. — just eight minutes before the attack, Walker told The Post.
The sergeant acknowledged that the killing raised questions about how authorities handled the neighborhood feud.
“The Constitution allows for people to bond out,” Walker told The Post. “That said, certainly, knowing what we know today, decisions would be made differently.”
“We dun goofed.”
Majors — whose full name is Stanley Vernon Majors — had a history of violence before moving to Tulsa, Walker said. Court records show he was convicted in 2012 of assault with a deadly weapon and making “criminal threats” in San Bernardino County in California.
Majors appears to have moved to Oklahoma shortly afterward.
Sounds like the sort of person I want wielding a gun.
“He repeatedly attacked our ethnicity and perceived religion, making racist comments,” Victoria Jabara Williams wrote on Facebook. “He often called us ‘dirty Arabs,’ ‘filthy Lebanese,’ ‘Aye-rabs,’ and ‘Mooslems.’ ”
If you want to know why this is islamophobia, it has to do with 1) Assuming Lebanese folks are no different from Arabic folks; 2) Assuming that because the Lebanese “are Arabs,” they’re Muslim; and 3) Muslims bad.
Ready for the cherry on top?
(The Jabaras are actually Christian, Rebecca Abou-Chedid, a family friend, told The Post.)
What makes me sick is that this is at all relevant in the minds of gun-worshiping xenophobic authoritarian fuckwits. You can’t whip yourself into a froth to justify violence if you take the time to remember your victims are human. What fairy tale the Jabaras’ invested themselves in has sweet fuck all to do with the sheer injustice of Khalid’s murder–or Washington Post’s whitewashing of the crime.