Khizr and Ghazala Khan entered the national consciousness in 2016 at the Democratic National Convention. Their second son, Humayun Khan, joined the army and died in service to his country in 2004. Speaking to a national audience and to Donald Trump, they represent the ideals that America stands for.
Earlier this year, Mr. Khan published his memoir, entitled, An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice. He starts with his childhood in Pakistan, takes the reader through his life, from his childhood in Pakistan, through his adult life (including his marriage, becoming a father, and immigrating to America) and ends the book with speaking at the Democratic National Convention last year. Asked by Hillary Clinton’s camp to speak at the convention, Mr. Khan left a mark on the national culture that few private citizens can say they have made.
While the early part of the book relating to Mr. Khan early life were a little slow, by the end, the book left a mark on my conscious. He writes so earnestly, that I feel like I know this man and I feel feel for him and his family. They lost in their son, but instead just becoming another gold star family, they have become a symbol for the best of America.
I recommend it.
Two weeks ago at the Democratic National Convention, the voting public was introduced to an ordinary American couple. They walked out quietly onto the stage and the husband began to speak.
Khizr and Ghazala Khan are a middle-aged immigrant couple originally from Pakistan. Emigrating to the United States 36 years ago, they quietly settled in American life.
In 2004, their middle son, Humayun Khan, was serving his country in Iraq. He was killed by a suicide bomber, saving the lives of his fellow American soldiers.
On July 28th, Mr. and Mrs. Khan left the arena of an ordinary American couple and became the face of the American dream for the millions of immigrants who see their future in America.
I am the descendant of immigrants. Just like Mr. and Mrs. Khan, my family came to this country seeking a better life for themselves and their families.
Their son is an American hero. Instead of honoring the memory of this man and the many thousands of Americans who have sacrificed their lives for this country, Donald Trump has chosen to attack this man and his family.
Donald Trump stated that he believed that Mrs. Khan did not speak because she was not allowed to. Pardon my French, but that is b”llsh*t. I saw a mother grieving for the loss of her child, I saw a father who is proud to call himself an American.
Donald Trump just gave me another reason to not vote for him.
RIP Captain Khan. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.