Barber stands united against racist vandalism
Akkashe holds a charitable hate awareness event, offering free haircuts for donations
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When Ahmad Akkashe’s friends and neighbours first heard about how his barbershop had been vandalized with the words “Kill Muslims” and “Kill Lebs,” they were more angry than he was.
“I was the one telling them calm down, take it easy, this is just one individual,” he said. “I knew this doesn’t represent what Edmonton or Canada is about.”
And while he tried to not be too personally affected by the incident, he did find himself thinking about the incident as the days went by.
It’s why he’s holding a charitable hate awareness event this Sunday, offering haircuts for donations, with proceeds going toward the Chop Shop Barbershop owner Ahmad Akkashe says he doesn’t want his son, Yahya, to think any race has superiority because of “their skin colour or wealth or anything.”
John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. He points to his Islamic faith for how he dealt with the incident, saying it teaches him to be patient, generous and
He’ll be joined by Edmonton-McClung MLA Lorne Dach and Edmonton-Meadowlark MLA Jon Carson, who helped organize the event.
“I’d heard about it and was pretty shocked and saddened by it, and I thought I’d have my hair cut by Ahmad,” Dach said. “And in having a conversation with him, I certainly saw firsthand how affected he and his family were by this.”
Akkashe said when news of the incident started spreading, he was overwhelmed by how many people reached out to him.
“Honestly, I don’t like attention too much,” he said. “I’m grateful for all the support and the response it got from the community. But dealing with everything at once has been kind of hectic.”
He said friends, neighbours, other businesses and strangers reached out to him, and it showed him that Edmontonians stand together against acts of hate.
“All I can say is thank you, sincerely,” Akkashe said. “It just showed me a side of people that I always knew exists. We’re united.”