Thinking about this possible video that Bella would like Jahar’s supporters (us!!) to do, I’ve been thinking more and more about what brought my attention to the Free Jahar movement in the first place. It took me a long time to jump on the online bandwagon. I was aware of people talking about him on twitter and also here on tumblr but I didn’t really know anything about using either site (still don’t…but I’m learning! lol). I just continued to do my research alone, coming up with my own theories on why I believed he was innocent. My friends repeatedly shot me down every time I brought him up and I began to grow discouraged. Was I crazy for believing in him? I sure felt like it. Maybe it would’ve been easier if I had actually known the guy, but I don’t. He’s a complete stranger, just as foreign to me as a random person that I might walk past on the side of the street. But somewhere mixed with my disgust at the media overly enforcing the use of Islamophobia and also having read his twitter account, I knew in my heart that there was more to his story. Of course I’m always open to the possibility that he really is guilty, in which I will be disappointed but at least I could say that I stood up for what I believed in. That is more than what many Americans can say nowadays. I’m happy to see so many supporters posting their thoughts online. It may not seem like much, but just by questioning the media and our government, we are making a difference.
I really hope that everyone will make a video to give voice to a young man who has been stripped of his.
They. Will. Hear. Us. ROAR.