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Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, holds up his copy the United State Constitution as he speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, holds up his copy the United State Constitution as he speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

WRITTEN BY: Dominique Quarles
Picture courtesy: Dominique Quarles- DNC Philadelphia Thursday Night

As a graduate of The University of Virginia, it was an honor to see the father of UVA graduate Capt. Humayun Khan, brace the stage at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night to speak on unity. Capt. Khan, a fallen solider, lost his life by saving his unit to a deadly bomb. Khizr Khan spoke in memory of his son and the Muslim community. He led the speech by shedding light on the gratitude and honor it is to live in this country. In spite of the crass remark Trump has made about the Muslim community, Khan and his wife stood as proud American Muslims.

Khan’s speech set the tone of the remainder of the convention and sparked a social media craze. Hashtags and repost continued throughout the night and Friday morning. He challenged Trump by pulling out a pocket Constitution, and saying to Mr. Trump,“Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son the best of America. If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.”

Several months ago, Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” He even said he would suspend immigration.
With a restriction this big, Khans eldest son, Shaharyar, who was a top student at the University of Virginia and a co-founder of a biotechnology company; nor Captain Khan, who was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, along with a Purple Heart, for saving the lives of his men, would be able to create their lives here.

Khan continued to say, “Donald Trump, you are ousting Americans! Asking America to trust you with the future—let me ask, have you even read the United States Constitution. I will gladly lend you my copy. Look for the word liberty and equal protection of the law. Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery to look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America? You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

As an alumnus of UVA class of 2010, it was a pleasure to hear Mr.Khan speak. UVA is a diverse school that accepts all race and ethnicities. In the essay written by Captain Khan for a program at UVA, he wrote of how “liberty requires vigilance and sacrifice” and that those who are “beneficiaries of liberty must always bear this in mind, and keep it safe from attacks.” Mr.Khan says that his son made it his duty to fight proudly for his country.

Darshay K. Lampley is a Broadcast Journalism major and Creative Writing minor at Jacksonville State University. Upon graduating, she anticipates a lucrative career in the entertainment industry. Darshay is an entertainment journalist, on-air radio personality, and is currently writing her first book. Darshay believes that her ambition along with her strong faith in God will lead her down the pathway to success. "God is within her, she will not fail." Psalm 46:5

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