By: Deric Lostutter
Humayun S. M. Khan was just 27 years old when he was killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom on June 8th, 2004 by a taxi car bomb that exploded in his base. According to the Department of Defense Captain Khan was an exemplary soldier, who saved the lives of those around him telling them to “hit the dirt” moving toward the speeding vehicle to intercept it.
Captain Khan moved to America from the United Arab Emirates when he was a child, living in Maryland, and in High School, taught disabled children how to swim.
He graduated from University of Virginia where he was enrolled in the college’s ROTC program, with a degree in psychology. According to The Chronicle, he wanted to be an advocate for veterans when he left Iraq. He was of Pakistani descent.
Donald Trump’s repeated disrespect of Muslim-Americans who have come to the United States seeking a better life has offended people of every ethnicity and faith, but not as much as Humayun’s father, Khizr Khan, who has lived in Virginia since the 1970’s. Khizr took to the podium to detail the heroics of his son, who served his country with honor and pride only to be degraded by the very citizen and Republican presidential candidate he was defending overseas. Khizr questioned Donald Trump’s reading comprehension in this bone-chilling video below:
Donald Trump has repeatedly said that we should label and identify all Muslim-Americans, reminiscent of the golden Stars Of David pinned on the Jewish citizens shirts by Adolph Hitler’s regime. It is a plan that has offended an entire nation of people, and one that could very well violate the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Khizr went on in the speech to call Donald Trump an “ignorant divisive manipulator” as his wife stood by his side in front of the entire world.
Unlike Trump, Captain Khan actually pays his workers, enlisting the help of an impoverished Iraqi group of citizens to patrol the city streets for $5 an hour in the United States – Iraqi Sponsorship Program which helped fight the areas lack of jobs and helped not only supplement income to feed families, but also made the neighborhoods more secure, establishing a sense of community.
One statement that stuck out to me during Khizr’s speech against Donald Trump, “This is OUR country too.”
Yes sir, yes it is. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice to keep us safe.
You can watch Khizr Kahn’s full speech below: