Last week’s horrible news on December 29, 2012, of Sunando Sen, the South Asian man who was pushed off the subway by Erica Menendez prompted me to repost this piece written back in August. Menendez claimed that she hated “Hindus and Muslims” ever since the September 11 attacks. In this post, I addressed South Asians who somehow found an objective moral distinction between Muslims and Hindus and continued to perpetuate racist stereotypes of Muslims. In light of last week’s incident, and other moments of racism spouted by people of color, folks across the spectrum could usefully think long and hard about how we participate in a culture of racism and racial supremacy against other brown and black folks.
Yesterday, I received this message on a list of family friends and relatives who would self-identify as Indian. The email, which was in 24 point font, replete with a (different) picture of Julia Gillard, the Australian Prime Minister, who supposedly said these things, and an emblem of the United States flag, waving, at the bottom of the missive.
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