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San Bernardino

I was born, raised, and continue to live in Southern California. Most of my life was spent in the San Fernando Valley, then when I was around 19 I moved to Pasadena (which is in the greater Los Angeles area). Pasadena is about an hour away from San Bernardino. I know people that live really close to the city of San Bernardino.

So we all are probably aware now what happened. Two psychopaths killed a large amount of innocents in a bullet-riddled rampage. As an American I almost expect mass shootings now. What was different here was it was being investigated as “terrorism.” The perpetrators supposedly had ISIS sympathies, and somehow that makes this incident terrorism and not every other mass shooting terrorism.

It gets exhausting turning on the news, but right now is especially hard because my state is being used as political fodder. It’s surreal honestly to see this relatively calm part of California being used as a global diplomacy battering ram.

I debated when to talk about this but I guess now is as good a time as any.

Media, which is what I more or less belong to as a music creator and journalist, has a responsibility to tell the truth. What often happens, however, is the media distorts and sensationalizes. Politicians do the same.

The media and the government wanted me to fear al-Qaeda. Now they want me to fear ISIS. More than anything, they want me to fear my fellow human beings.

I grew up in a pre and post 9/11 America. Mass surveillance. My Arab friends from school getting profiled. Getting into arguments with people who refused to share this country with people they, via their own intolerance, deemed “other” and “unworthy.”

I’m not afraid. I’ll never be afraid. You can jack the terror alert up to its highest levels, I won’t give in.

Music is my release. I wrote the song “to ashes” about the Paris and Beirut attacks, but now it seems San Bernardino can easily be applied.

While mass misinformation is spread, one thing I know is that music is a constant truth. So for the victims and for those who are now in fear for their lives…this song is yours. It’s my offering to whoever needs it.

Take it if you want.

 

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3 responses

  1. Thank you so much for this.

    The “if it bleeds, it leads” method of journalism is really tiring. I get it, I do. Crazy stuff keeps happening, and probably always will, so turning on the news is always an exercise in sadness. I read somewhere that there have been more mass shootings in the US this year than there have been days in the year. It’s just gross.

    As for the fear, you just can’t. You have to just live your life. If you let every even bother you and carry it with you, you’ll never leave your house again. I remember being in NYC a few years ago and seeing all the cameras everywhere, and the If You See Something, Say Something posters. The media plays into all of this and the fear builds. But you have to just keep going. Do what you do. You can’t control or predict other people, but you can try to get along with them. We’re all in this together.

    Again, thanks for this.

    December 8, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    • absolutely man you’re welcome. I had to write this. I knew if I didn’t it’d just stay inside and make me angry. Things are crazy right now in the US. My fellow Americans have been pawns in political games for too long and the currency used in these exchanges has always been fear. I see what irrational fear does and I am losing friends to it. People I respected spouting racist garbage that I can’t condone nor co-exist with. We never learn man. We never learn.

      December 8, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    • also I hope the song did something for you

      December 9, 2015 at 12:48 am

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