While I normally stay way from celebrity stuff in my writing, I think this is important. Casey Kasem was best known for his work as a DJ, and rightly so. He had a voice that no one could forget, and it was hard not to feel at ease while listening to it. After a bitter battle between his children and his second wife, he was taken off artificial and passed away, poetically, on Father’s Day morning.
That, however, isn’t the story that I think should be told. Casey Kasem should be remembered more for his activism.
As a Palestinian American, he spoke out for the rights of Palestine and against the occupation by Israel. He even involved himself in active protests over the years. There’s a great article in People from 1990 that discusses his activism, and how much he spoke against anti-Arab nationalism in America.
He was also a longtime vegetarian who refused jobs that supported the meat industry.
So, this is my short eulogy for a radio personality who was known for the top 40 countdown, but should be remembered for his moral activism that lives on through his children.
Contributor: Robert Sacerich
Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.
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