A young Muslim from Somalia gets stoned and falls off a balcony to his death. Naturally, white people are blamed.
The headline in last December’s New York Times story was certainly ominous: “Assertions of Hate Crime in Seattle After a Somali-American Teenager Falls to His Death.” The paper said, “The death of the boy, Hamza Warsame, has prompted outrage among members of the Muslim community here, amid assertions—it is not clear from whom—that he was beaten and pushed to his death by a white man.”
Notice how a “white man” was blamed, despite the complete lack of evidence. Where did the allegations come from? The Times seemed not to know.
We now know that the black Muslim teen, a student at Seattle Central College, died from a fall after smoking dope for the first time. In fact, “relatively high levels” of tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive constituent in marijuana, were found in Warsame’s system, The Seattle Times reported. It said that after smoking the legal dope on a smoking device called a bong, the teen “started talking in agitation about his religion and how he might have put himself in bad standing,” and then said he “needed air.” The Muslim youth “opened the door and was off the balcony before his schoolmate could react,” a report found.
The death of any black Muslim is a golden opportunity for the cultural Marxist grievance industry.
Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant had written, “Some reports suggest he was beaten and thrown from the building in an Islamophobic attack by a fellow student.” The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called the death “suspicious.” A protest against Islamophobia was held on December 9, 2015, at Seattle Central College over Warsame’s “unexplained” death. Picket signs included “Justice For Hamza,” “Black Lives Matter” and “Unite and Fight Islamophobia.” One photo showed a “F— the Police” sign being held by some Muslim demonstrators.
The death was also an opportunity to attack capitalism.
In the same statement suggesting the Muslim teen was murdered, Councilmember Sawant, an open socialist, put the case in the context of the oppressive capitalist system. “We are struggling for democratic socialist change, where the working people have the control, not the corporations, and where we can finally end the exploitation and oppression that drives Islamophobia, racism, and sexism within our communities,” she said.
Sawant and her comrades on the city council are now considering making Seattle the first city in the U.S. with a “safe-consumption site,” allowing people to use illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine.
Chances are slim that Warsame was killed by racism, Islamophobia, or capitalism. Given his final words, it is more plausible that he was driven to suicide by Islam. More likely still, he was foolishly attempting to jump to another balcony on an adjacent building, as local TV news reported, his mind having been addled by marijuana intoxication. All we know for sure is that on behalf of those attempting to exploit his death by blaming some nonexistent white guy, Hamza Warsame has been added to the Hate Hoax List.
On a tip from Dave F.