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This is one of those statements that end up leaving you with chills. They were the words spoken by Khizr Khan, the father of slain solider and Captain Humayun Khan, at the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28. Also Read - Donald Trump Seen Singing & Selling Ice-Cream in Pakistan; Oh Wait, That's His Doppelganger | Watch
Khan’s son was killed 12 years ago in Iraq when a vehicle approached the gates of the base he was guarding. Cautiously, Khan’s son approached the vehicle, he didn’t make it past ten steps before the car exploded killing him instantly. He was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his bravery.
Khizr Khan’s speech at the DNC set social media ablaze for so many reasons.
First and foremost, it resonates with people of everything gender, race, and ethnicity who have sacrificed an incredible amount to protect the freedom that Americans enjoy. It specifically resonated with Muslim-Americans and Asian-Americans.
George Takei posted this message after watching Khan’s speech:
Second it calls out Donald Trump for trying to divide Americans.
The theme of the night was “America is best when everyone works together,” something Khan reinforced when he held out a pocket sized Constitution and asked Trump if he had even read the Constitution. Khan also offered to let Trump borrow his copy, and encourages him to look for the words “liberty” and “equal protection of law.”
Khan followed up with asking Trump if he had even been to Arlington Cemetery and looked at the graves of all the brave patriots who died defending America. He tells the GOP nominee that he will find all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. Khan added that, “you have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
Khan giving the speech on stage with full desi accent and all is endearing and inspiring to watch. It gives all desis pride to see him on stage as someone who represents a marginalized group in America speak about solidarity. It also is a reminder that America is a melting pot and is made of people who came together to form a nation that’s comprised almost entirely of immigrants. Everyone except for Native-Americans are immigrants, a fact that’s easily lost when xenophobia rears its ugly head.
Last week, when Trump presented his nomination speech, he declared, “We must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place.”
Khan’s speech shows how much he and his wife loved their son. It’s a well-known fact that desi parents usually aren’t overly affectionate and withhold praise, but the love and pride the Khan’s have for their son touches the hearts of desis everywhere. It sends a message that while parents may not always say it, they see their kids, and they’re proud.
Khan wrapped up his speech by saying “We can’t solve our problems by building walls and sowing division. We are stronger together. And we will keep getting stronger when Hillary Clinton becomes our next president.”
Check out some of social media’s reaction here:
Donald Trump decided to respond Khan’s speech by questioning why Ghazala Khan did not speak when her husband spoke.
In fact, his exact words were: Khan was a ‘nice guy’. But ‘if you look at his wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say, she probably–maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me.”
Trump has since drawn ire for a lack of sensitivity.
Ghazala Khan herself responded with telling Trump that without saying a world, the entire world felt her pain, they felt it in their heart. To read her entire response click here.
Each time the Khan’s speak, they appeal to Americans who have sacrificed, lost, and who want to live in a country that promotes unity and embraces diversity.