Recognize this kid? Don’t worry, you’ll remember his name from now on. Aitazaz Hassan Bangash was 15 years old when he died. Friends & family describe him as a chubby kid teased for being overweight and a top performing student; with a life goal of becoming a doctor and serving his country. On Monday January 6th 2014, Aitazaz was walking to his Pakistani school where students were gathering for a morning assembly. A young man in an ill fitting school uniform stopped him to ask “where is the school?” Aitazaz and others around him then realized that the man was wearing an explosive suicide vest. When everyone else turned and fled; Aitazaz didn’t. When the time came to nut up or shut up, he stepped forward and challenged that motherf**ker. Witnesses said Aitazaz attempt to bash in the suicide bomber’s head with a large rock before tackling the man near the front gates of the school. As Aitazaz fought the man with his bare hands, the bomb detonated. It’s is reported that somewhere close to 2,000 students were in the school when the bomb exploded outside. The only two people that died that morning were Aitazaz and the bomber. The fat nerdy kid was the ONE person that decided to take a stand and get shit done. No bullshit tough talk, no thought of himself or his safety, no hesitation, he just did what needed to be done. If that story doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will.
This photo was taken over 20 years ago by Todd Robertson during a KKK rally in northeast Georgia. One of the boys approached a black state trooper, who was holding his riot shield on the ground. Seeing his reflection, the boy reached for the shield, and Robertson snapped the photo.
I think the officer’s expression says it all. This child standing before him is being taught how to hate even though he doesn’t understand it. He probably doesn’t understand the difference between this and Halloween.
If any post on my blog gets really big, I hope it’s this one.
this is really fucking sad
i think of everything we learn without even noticing