Nezar Hamze stood in front of the Miami Commission last week, holding back tears before thanking officials for placing a resolution condemning hate speech and violence against Muslims on the agenda.
Hamze looked down, cleared his voice and began to speak.
"Wanted to thank you for your courage commissioner," Hamze, operations director with the Council of American-Islamic Relations, and Broward Sheriff's Office deputy. "As a father I appreciate your courage. It's hard raising children when politicians attack your faith and for you to have the courage, the political courage, which is often absent, is tremendous."