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I teach at Lehigh University in eastern Pennsylvania. Learning the Meaning of Racism I think I wrote this with the idea that it might be published somewhere as an Op-Ed or something, though in the end I didn't do anything with it.
I returned to some similar themes a year ago, in the blog post I wrote after the shooting at the Sikh Gurdwara in Wisconsin by a right-wing extremist. One word that I used that today I'm not sure of is the word "backlash.
Until that fall I felt that at heart I was really an American, despite my connections to the Indian subcontinent and my visible Racism post 911 essay difference. After that fall, I came to feel that perhaps I didn't really know anymore what "American" might mean. Mosques Gurdwaras and Mandirs have been vandalized, firebombed, even rammed, in one instance, by a mad motorist.
Whether or not we have been harassed in such a manner, nearly everyone who looks different even vaguely Arab has felt the glare of a newly virulent hostility. Sikhs in particular are gawked at openly on the streets where we have lived for years, as if we just appeared there yesterday; kids torture us in schools, where we are present inevitably as micro-minorities of one or two individuals in masses of thousands; on the highways we are confronted by a juggernaut of obscene gestures; and we are skewered on American talk-radio by callers and even, at times, by the hosts of the shows.
Sikh and Hindu leaders seem outraged by the obvious ignorance of the attackers, and the highly vague definition of the Americans who are now being singled out.
Bush to ask for help in protecting the Sikh American community.
For their part, Sikh community leaders around the country are working overtime to try and get media coverage for the incidents of racially-motivated murder, assault, and racial profiling that have been occurring, along with elementary descriptions of the Sikh religion and the meaning of the Sikh turban.
One hopes these educational efforts may make some difference in the long run, especially if they develop a wider base and more systematic implementation. Sikh educational efforts also, one feels, ought to be deployed in direct cooperation with Muslim groups that want to accomplish the same kinds of things.
But at the present there is the deadly realization: The name they call you is the same: In my mind, this blind hatred is racism in its purest, most concentrated form. It is hatred of certain symbols such as turbansof a certain range of complexions, without any interest in whether the symbols have any relationship to actual grievances in their lives.
Many South Asian immigrants in particular have led relatively comfortable lives in the United States until recent days, only facing sporadic xenophobia in this country we or our parents came to twenty or thirty years ago. While most South Asians are at least somewhat sympathetic to the grievances we have heard from African Americans about the long legacy of discrimination and racism that community has faced over many generations, I at least was not really able to understand what it might feel like to hear something like the "n word" very well.
I had never found myself viscerally on the receiving end of that kind of hatred.
Now I have; now I know what "racism" really feels like.It’s interesting because Korea only really started becoming “ethnically homogenous” during the Joseon period, and even then there was a lot more coming and going of different peoples than they currently care to admit.
The introductory paragraph should also include the thesis statement, a kind of mini-outline for the benjaminpohle.com is where the writer grabs the reader's attention.
It tells the reader what the paper is about. This is an essay I started writing shortly after 9/11, a time when I was in shock -- and as preoccupied with suddenly being branded as "the enemy" as I was with the massive tragedy that had transpired just 90 minutes away in New York City. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) counted over people killed or injured by alleged perpetrators influenced by the so-called "alt-right" — a movement that continues to access the mainstream and reach young recruits.
As the dust around the fallen towers settled, a new wave of nationalism swept across America and racism soon followed. As these ideas are often faces of the same coin.
On Sept. 6, I locked myself out of my apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. I was in a rush to get to my weekly soccer game, so I decided to go .