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.

Translation Exercises

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.


W O W ! She Did It Again!!!Australia says NO — This will be the second Time Julia Gillard has done this!

She sure isn’t backing down on her hard line stance and one has to appreciate her belief in the rights of her native countrymen.

A breath of fresh air to see someone lead. Australian Prime Minister does it again!!

The whole world needs a leader like this!

Prime Minister Julia Gillard – Australia

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get…

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