This Week In Hate: October 25 — The Vulnerability of Youth as Hate Violence Continues to Increase

Pre­pared by Rad­ha Modi

This week’s report on hate vio­lence against those who iden­ti­fy or are per­ceived as Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, South Asian, Arab, or Mid­dle East­ern high­lights two notable shifts in trends. For the first time, phys­i­cal assaults post-elec­tion have sur­passed pre-elec­tion num­bers. Addi­tion­al­ly, there has been an increase in hate inci­dents in the Mid­west region of the U.S., with per­cent­ages close to the West­ern and East­ern region­al per­cent­ages.

As we approach the close of the first year of Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­cy, the total num­ber of hate inci­dents have increased to 191 result­ing in a 46% increase from pre-elec­tion year to post-elec­tion year (see Fig­ure 1).

Of the 191 report­ed hate inci­dents, 65 inci­dents are phys­i­cal assaults, 77 inci­dents are ver­bal or writ­ten threats, and 50 inci­dents involve prop­er­ty dam­age (see Fig­ure 2). The most dra­mat­ic increase in hate inci­dents has involved ver­bal and writ­ten assaults over the past year. Recent­ly, a Delaware man, Ger­ard Med­vec, is fac­ing hate crime charges for spy­ing on and threat­en­ing his neigh­bors who he thought were Mus­lim. Post-elec­tion totals on phys­i­cal assaults have also sur­passed the totals from pre-elec­tion year. Phys­i­cal assaults include acts such as shov­ing, punch­ing, pulling, and spit­ting by the per­pe­tra­tors. On Octo­ber 7th, a 43-year old white man walked into a con­ve­nience store in Seat­tle, WA, and pep­per sprayed two men and one woman wear­ing hijab. This attack was pre­ced­ed by an anti-Mus­lim rant in the store. Final­ly, prop­er­ty dam­age often con­sist­ing of van­dal­ism com­pris­es the third cat­e­go­ry of hate inci­dents. Mosques are the most com­mon tar­get of hate inci­dents involv­ing prop­er­ty dam­age. For exam­ple, fig­ure 3 demon­strates that 21% of hate inci­dents involve dam­age or van­dal­ism of mosques and Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty cen­ters. This past week, Dar Al Farooq Islam­ic Cen­ter in Min­neso­ta, which was bombed in August, was bro­ken into and bur­glar­ized.

The most com­mon vic­tims of hate inci­dents are often women. Twen­ty-nine per­cent of the 191 doc­u­ment­ed hate inci­dents are against women who iden­ti­fy or are per­ceived as Mus­lim, Sikh, South Asian, Mid­dle East­ern, or Arab (see Fig­ure 3). A major­i­ty of these hate inci­dents involve women wear­ing hijabs. Hate vio­lence towards women under­scores the role of inter­sec­tion­al­i­ty and the need for iden­ti­fy­ing these inter­sec­tions in doc­u­ment­ing hate.

The com­bi­na­tion of gen­der, reli­gious attire, skin col­or, accent, and oth­er fac­tors all play a part in how women are per­ceived and tar­get­ed in dai­ly life. For men, as well, inter­sec­tions of mul­ti­ple fac­tors con­tribute to how they are per­ceived and treat­ed by oth­ers. Twen­ty-two per­cent of hate inci­dents are against men who iden­ti­fy or are per­ceived as Mus­lim, Sikh, South Asian, Mid­dle East­ern, or Arab. Youth are also vul­ner­a­ble to hate inci­dents due to the inter­sec­tions of race, name, skin col­or, gen­der, and reli­gion with young age. Eigh­teen per­cent of hate inci­dents involved stu­dents and youth (Youth num­bers over­lap with per­cent­ages of hate inci­dents against women and men). Inci­dents not only occur on the streets from strangers but also in insti­tu­tion­al set­tings where oth­ers bul­ly and haze them.

A recent inci­dent stands out in high­light­ing the vio­lence that youth who iden­ti­fy or are per­ceived as Mus­lim, Sikh, South Asian, Mid­dle East­ern, or Arab face reg­u­lar­ly, and the men­tal health cri­sis that can result from that trau­ma. Raheel Sid­diqui, a young Mus­lim enlist­ed in the U.S. Marines, com­mit­ted sui­cide dur­ing train­ing this past March. Accord­ing to his par­ents, his drill instruc­tor inces­sant­ly hazed him for being Mus­lim. The instruc­tor report­ed­ly called him a ter­ror­ist and forced him to run laps until he col­lapsed. Supe­ri­ors denied Raheel Sid­diqui med­ical assis­tance and did not take seri­ous­ly his threats to com­mit sui­cide. With increas­ing hate vio­lence, com­mu­ni­ty groups will need to hold insti­tu­tion­al spaces such as schools, the mil­i­tary, and after­school pro­grams account­able in cre­at­ing safe space for all youth.

Last­ly, the rise in the num­ber of hate inci­dents is region­al­ly rel­e­vant (see Fig­ure 4). The West Coast and East Coast con­tin­ue to lead in hate inci­dents with slight­ly over half of inci­dents occur­ring in those regions of the U.S. Their lead, how­ev­er, has shrunk over the weeks as the occur­rence of hate inci­dents increased in the Mid­west. Cur­rent­ly, 25% of hate inci­dents have occurred in places such as Min­neso­ta, Wis­con­sin, Michi­gan, Ohio, Indi­ana, and Illi­nois. South­ern regions of the U.S. have the low­est num­ber of inci­dents mak­ing up 18% of the total.

SAALT, CAIR Condemn Southwest Airlines’ Racial and Religious Profiling of Muslim Professor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT), joined 30 oth­er nation­al and local civ­il rights orga­ni­za­tions,* includ­ing the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR), in con­demn­ing South­west Air­lines’ treat­ment of a preg­nant Mus­lim-Amer­i­can pro­fes­sor, Ani­la Daulatzai, in Sep­tem­ber.

In a let­ter sent to South­west Air­lines and the Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Author­i­ty Police (MDTA) on Octo­ber 19, 2017, the coali­tion of civ­il rights orga­ni­za­tions wrote in part:

“Our orga­ni­za­tions are appalled at the mis­treat­ment of Ani­la Daulatzai by South­west Air­lines and the Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Author­i­ty Police (MDTA). We sup­port Ms. Daulatzai’s demands and call for changes in pol­i­cy and prac­tice on the part of South­west Air­lines and the MDTA.

“Com­mu­ni­ties of col­or unfor­tu­nate­ly endure pro­fil­ing at air­ports and on air­lines on a reg­u­lar basis. In fact, Mus­lim, Arab, South Asian and Sikh pas­sen­gers have expe­ri­enced a dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly high lev­el of dis­crim­i­na­tion in the 16 years since Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001. ‘Fly­ing while brown’ means that pas­sen­gers are often sub­ject­ed to sec­ondary screen­ings, inter­ro­ga­tions, bod­i­ly search­es, and removal from air­planes for no legit­i­mate rea­son at all.

“Ani­la Daulatzai, a preg­nant woman who is a Pak­istani Amer­i­can and a Mus­lim, is the lat­est per­son to face this type of air­line dis­crim­i­na­tion. In her case, South­west Air­lines staff insist­ed that Daulatzai deplane her flight because of a dog aller­gy even though she had made it clear that her aller­gies were not life-threat­en­ing. Instead of believ­ing Daulatzai’s own state­ments about her phys­i­cal con­di­tions, South­west Air­lines per­son­nel chose to esca­late the sit­u­a­tion by alert­ing the Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Author­i­ty Police (MDTA). Accord­ing to Daulatzai, MDTA law enforce­ment agents pulled her from her seat via her belt loop, tore her pants, and dragged her through the aisle. They then alleged­ly made racist remarks about immi­grants and charged her with dis­or­der­ly con­duct and oth­er crim­i­nal charges.

“Ms. Daulatzai’s mis­treat­ment by South­west Air­lines is part of a pat­tern and prac­tice of pro­fil­ing. Between 2015 and 2016, over a peri­od of just six months, sev­er­al Mus­lim, Arab, and South Asian pas­sen­gers report­ed inci­dents of being rebooked for their appear­ance, removed from a flight for speak­ing in Ara­bic in a pri­vate phone con­ver­sa­tion or sim­ply for ask­ing to switch seats.

“We call upon the MDTA to drop the crim­i­nal charges against Ms. Daulatzai. We also call
upon both the MDTA and South­west Air­lines to pro­vide ade­quate and appro­pri­ate
resti­tu­tion to Ms. Daulatzai. In addi­tion, we demand that both the MDTA and South­west
Air­lines make sys­temic changes to their poli­cies and pro­to­cols. We call upon both enti­ties
to dis­close their pro­to­cols for respond­ing to pas­sen­ger-relat­ed sit­u­a­tions aboard flights,
includ­ing their train­ings and prac­tices around de-esca­la­tion and medi­a­tion tac­tics. We
con­tin­ue to demand that South­west Air­lines train­ing poli­cies be dis­closed pub­licly, and
that per­son­nel at all lev­els be pro­vid­ed with manda­to­ry and reg­u­lar train­ings on con­flict
res­o­lu­tion, de-esca­la­tion tac­tics, anti-Black­ness, Islam­o­pho­bia, and anti-racism. We call
upon the MDTA to engage in reg­u­lar train­ings on Islam­o­pho­bia, sys­temic racism,
xeno­pho­bia, anti-Black­ness, and implic­it bias.”

*Sig­na­to­ries:

South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT)
Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR)
18MillionRising.org
Advo­cates for Youth
Amer­i­can-Arab Anti-Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mit­tee (ADC)
Andolan: Orga­niz­ing South Asian Work­ers
Asian Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion
Asian Amer­i­cans Advanc­ing Jus­tice – Asian Law Cau­cus
Asian Amer­i­cans Advanc­ing Jus­tice – Atlanta
Asian Amer­i­cans Advanc­ing Jus­tice – LA
Chhaya CDC
Defend­ing Rights & Dis­sent
Islam­ic Soci­ety of Boston Cul­tur­al Cen­ter
Jew­ish Voice for Peace — Net­work Against Islam­o­pho­bia
Jews Say No!
Kiran, Inc.
MPow­er Change
Maitri
Mus­lim Youth Net­work
Mus­lim­mat­ters
Nation­al Kore­an Amer­i­can Ser­vice & Edu­ca­tion Con­sor­tium (NAKASEC)
Nation­al Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­can Fam­i­lies Against Sub­stance Abuse (NAPAFASA)
Nation­al Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­can Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
Nation­al Coali­tion for Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­can Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment (CAPACD)
Nation­al Net­work for Arab Amer­i­can Com­mu­ni­ties (NNAAC)
Nation­al Orga­ni­za­tion for Women
Nation­al Reli­gious Cam­paign Against Tor­ture (NRCAT)
Project South
Rak­sha, Inc.
Sap­na NYC
Turn­ing Point for Women and Fam­i­lies

Last year, in response to numer­ous inci­dents of pro­fil­ing against our com­mu­ni­ties on South­west Air­lines flights, SAALT and our part­ners sent mul­ti­ple com­mu­ni­ca­tions to South­west, includ­ing to CEO Gary Kel­ly, express­ing con­cerns with their pat­tern and prac­tice of racial­ly pro­fil­ing pas­sen­gers. Dis­ap­point­ing­ly, all we received was one unsat­is­fac­to­ry response after anoth­er. As a result, SAALT ter­mi­nat­ed its 7‑year rela­tion­ship with South­west and gave back $10,000 in grant fund­ing. SAALT and our part­ners will con­tin­ue to hold South­west account­able until our com­mu­ni­ties are treat­ed with dig­ni­ty and equal­i­ty.

South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that fights for racial jus­tice and advo­cates for the civ­il rights of all South Asians in the Unit­ed States. Our ulti­mate vision is dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all.

CONTACT: Vivek Trive­di — vivek@saalt.org

SAALT Applauds Two Orders by Federal Courts Blocking Muslim Ban 3.0

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

In response to orders by Judge Der­rick Wat­son of Hawaii and Judge Theodore Chuang of Mary­land tem­porar­i­ly block­ing imple­men­ta­tion of the Trump administration’s third attempt at a Mus­lim Ban, Suman Raghu­nathan, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT), released the fol­low­ing state­ment:

“SAALT applauds the deci­sions by Judge Der­rick Wat­son of Hawaii and Judge Theodore Chuang of Mary­land to block this administration’s lat­est attempt at a Mus­lim Ban. The high­est ideals of our coun­try are root­ed in the free­dom to exist with­out fear of gov­ern­ment per­se­cu­tion. Between the two orders, the courts have pro­claimed that the admin­is­tra­tion over­stepped its author­i­ty in issu­ing a ban that ‘plain­ly dis­crim­i­nates based on nation­al­i­ty’ con­trary to the ‘found­ing prin­ci­ples of this Nation’ and that the Pres­i­den­t’s own words on the cam­paign trail and on social media demon­strate this ban was explic­it­ly intend­ed to tar­get Mus­lims.

The admin­is­tra­tion has labored through­out the last 9 months to imple­ment a ban that could with­stand judi­cial scruti­ny, but the courts have not been con­vinced, stat­ing vig­or­ous­ly that this lat­est ban reflects the same dis­crim­i­na­to­ry intent as the two pre­vi­ous bans. These bans cod­i­fy big­otry and xeno­pho­bia and are out of sync with our Con­sti­tu­tion and our nation’s val­ues.

Hate vio­lence has sky­rock­et­ed dur­ing the Pres­i­den­t’s tenure in the White House, with white suprema­cist hate groups embold­ened and encour­aged by poli­cies that demo­nize and paint our com­mu­ni­ties with sus­pi­cion. SAALT has doc­u­ment­ed over 184 inci­dents of hate vio­lence aimed at South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, Arab, and Mid­dle East­ern Amer­i­cans since the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, fig­ures rival­ing the after­math of the Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks.

As this admin­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues to pur­sue its dis­crim­i­na­to­ry poli­cies, we’ve seen that our com­mu­ni­ties can­not rely sole­ly on the courts to deliv­er jus­tice. We are stronger when we stand togeth­er. Today SAALT and our nation­al part­ners have tak­en to the streets nation­wide in sup­port of the #NoMus­lim­Ban­Ev­er cam­paign to demand dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for our com­mu­ni­ties and all Amer­i­cans. SAALT, along­side our part­ners, allies, and com­mu­ni­ties will con­tin­ue to hold the line until jus­tice is served for all.”

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South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that fights for racial jus­tice and advo­cates for the civ­il rights of all South Asians in the Unit­ed States. Our ulti­mate vision is dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all.

CONTACT: Vivek Trive­di
vivek@saalt.org

Civil Rights Coalition Delivers 110,000 Petitions Urging Congress to Rescind Muslim Ban Immediately

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Washington – This morn­ing, a coali­tion of 15 orga­ni­za­tions deliv­ered a joint peti­tion with over 110,000 sig­na­tures to mem­bers of Con­gress call­ing for leg­is­la­tion to rescind the newest ver­sion of the Mus­lim Ban imme­di­ate­ly.

“We call on Con­gress today to rise to the chal­lenge of putting coun­try before pol­i­tics and to pro­tect the rights of all peo­ple liv­ing in the Unit­ed States by defend­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion,” the joint let­ter read, “and by reject­ing the ‘total and com­plete shut­down of Mus­lims enter­ing the Unit­ed States’ from for­ev­er being enshrined in his­to­ry books as the offi­cial pol­i­cy of the Unit­ed States.”

The coali­tion of orga­ni­za­tions includes: ACCESS, Amer­i­can-Arab Anti-Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mit­tee (ADC), Amer­i­can Civ­il Lib­er­ties Union (ACLU), Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al USA,
Arab Amer­i­can Insti­tute (AAI), Asian Amer­i­cans Advanc­ing Jus­tice (AAAJ), Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR), Iran­ian Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion (IABA), Mus­lim Advo­cates, Mus­lim Pub­lic Affairs Coun­cil (MPAC), Nation­al Immi­gra­tion Law Cen­ter (NILC), NIAC Action, Nation­al Net­work for Arab Amer­i­can Com­mu­ni­ties (NNAAC), Pub­lic Affairs Alliance of Iran­ian Amer­i­cans (PAAIA), and South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT).

The peti­tion was deliv­ered to the offices of Sen­a­tor Chris Mur­phy (D‑CT), Sen­a­tor Mitch McConnell (R‑KY), Sen­a­tor Chuck Schumer (D‑NY), and Sen­a­tor Diane Fein­stein (D‑CA). Today also marks the day that the Sep­tem­ber 24 pres­i­den­tial Procla­ma­tion, com­mon­ly known as Mus­lim Ban 3.0, was set to go into effect.

To avoid a repet­i­tive cycle of new ver­sions of the Mus­lim Ban, the 15 orga­ni­za­tions are call­ing on Con­gress to “ful­fill their duties and imme­di­ate­ly pass leg­is­la­tion to rescind the uncon­sti­tu­tion­al Mus­lim Ban and make absolute­ly clear that such attempts to tar­get Mus­lims, or any­one on the basis of nation­al ori­gin, are unlaw­ful.

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South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that fights for racial jus­tice and advo­cates for the civ­il rights of all South Asians in the Unit­ed States. Our ulti­mate vision is dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all.

Con­tact:  Vivek Trive­di — vivek@saalt.org

SAALT Slams White House’s Immigration ‘Priorities’ List as Unacceptable; Calls on Leaders to Pass Clean DREAM Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

In response to the White House’s release of a series of hard-line mea­sures required in exchange for allow­ing DREAM­ers to remain in the Unit­ed States through the pro­posed DREAM Act, Suman Raghu­nathan, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of SAALT, released the fol­low­ing state­ment:

“SAALT has vocal­ly sup­port­ed the pas­sage of a clean DREAM Act since the Trump administration’s deci­sion to ter­mi­nate the Deferred Action for Child­hood Arrivals (DACA) pro­gram on Sep­tem­ber 5, 2017. In demand­ing a clean DREAM Act, we are stat­ing unequiv­o­cal­ly that any leg­is­la­tion must not include mea­sures to increase bor­der or inte­ri­or enforce­ment, no cuts to fam­i­ly immi­gra­tion, and no threats to legal immi­gra­tion. All of these unac­cept­able pro­vi­sions were includ­ed in the Administration’s pri­or­i­ties list issued this week­end.

Specif­i­cal­ly, these ‘pri­or­i­ties’ include ramp­ing up bor­der and inte­ri­or enforce­ment, includ­ing the con­struc­tion of a wall along the Mex­i­co bor­der, a fur­ther crack­down on sanc­tu­ary cities, an extreme cap on refugees and asy­lum seek­ers, and a deep slash to fam­i­ly and legal immi­gra­tion num­bers.

It is a patent­ly false con­struct to assume that ramp­ing up enforce­ment and cut­ting immi­gra­tion from every angle is a nec­es­sary step to ensure a leg­isla­tive solu­tion, one that is des­per­ate­ly need­ed after the inhu­mane rescis­sion of the DACA pro­gram by this admin­is­tra­tion.

Over 27,000 Asian Amer­i­cans, includ­ing 5,500 Indi­ans and Pak­ista­nis, have already received DACA. An addi­tion­al esti­mat­ed 17,000 indi­vid­u­als from India and 6,000 from Pak­istan are eli­gi­ble for DACA, plac­ing India in the top ten coun­tries for DACA eli­gi­bil­i­ty. These indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies must be pro­tect­ed through leg­is­la­tion with­out a bar­rage of uncon­scionable mea­sures attached there­in.

Immi­grants are not a threat to our nation­al secu­ri­ty. Instead, as numer­ous stud­ies have shown, they enhance our nation and give us the oppor­tu­ni­ty to live up to our ideals as a coun­try. More­over, two-thirds of Amer­i­cans sup­port the DREAM Act as well as over 50% of elect­ed offi­cials across par­ty lines.

With this pub­lic man­date behind them, our lead­ers must stay strong and ensure that this administration’s ‘pri­or­i­ties’ do not serve as a start­ing point for any bar­gain­ing at the expense of immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties. What we deserve is a clean DREAM Act root­ed in dig­ni­ty and inclu­sion for all immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties. We will not set­tle for any­thing less.”

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South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that fights for racial jus­tice and advo­cates for the civ­il rights of all South Asians in the Unit­ed States. Our ulti­mate vision is dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all.

Con­tact: Vivek Trive­di — vivek@saalt.org

This Week In Hate — October 11: The Spatial Spread of Hate Violence Pre and Post Election

Pre­pared by Rad­ha Modi

At the 11 month mark since the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump, there have been 184 doc­u­ment­ed inci­dents of hate vio­lence against those who iden­ti­fy or are per­ceived as Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, South Asian, Arab, or Mid­dle East­ern com­pared to the total of 130 from the year before the elec­tion. The rise in hate vio­lence this year is a 42% increase from the pre-elec­tion year. Fur­ther, SAALT finds that new inci­dents occur at the rate of four to five a week. For exam­ple, since the last SAALT hate vio­lence report on Octo­ber 3, 2017, there have been five new report­ed hate inci­dents.

Fig­ure 2 orga­nizes inci­dents of hate vio­lence into descrip­tive cat­e­gories and com­pares totals pre and post-elec­tion. The three cat­e­gories of hate vio­lence are inci­dents of phys­i­cal vio­lence, inci­dents of verbal/written threats, and inci­dents of prop­er­ty dam­age. Ver­bal and writ­ten threats and hate­ful rhetoric are the most com­mon type of vio­lence against those who iden­ti­fy or are per­ceived as Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, South Asian, Arab, or Mid­dle East­ern. Since Novem­ber 8, 2016, there have been 73 doc­u­ment­ed ver­bal and writ­ten hate inci­dents. While there has been a dra­mat­ic increase in hate rhetoric over the past 11 months com­pared to the pri­or year, many ver­bal and writ­ten inci­dents go unre­port­ed. Actu­al phys­i­cal attack due to hate and bias is the sec­ond most com­mon type of hate vio­lence against com­mu­ni­ties rep­re­sent­ed by SAALT. There have been 63 phys­i­cal assaults in the last 11 months. This total is on par with the total from the pre-elec­tion year. Final­ly, prop­er­ty dam­age often con­sist­ing of van­dal­ism com­pris­es the third cat­e­go­ry of hate inci­dents with 48 unique inci­dents occur­ring since Novem­ber 8, 2016.

The five most recent inci­dents of vio­lence occur­ring over the past week have tar­get­ed Mus­lim fam­i­lies, busi­ness­es, and places of wor­ship. On Octo­ber 5, Islam­o­pho­bic fly­ers were found on the West­ern Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty Cam­pus. This is the third time in the last year that WWU has had fly­ers on the cam­pus tar­get­ing com­mu­ni­ties of col­or. On the same day, stick­ers threat­en­ing Mus­lims were found in a gov­ern­ment build­ing bath­room in Port­land, Ore­gon. A day lat­er, on Octo­ber 6, a Mus­lim owned store in Albu­querque, New Mex­i­co was van­dal­ized with the phrase “Kill em all.” Fur­ther, on Octo­ber 7, a bill­board for a local city coun­cil can­di­date in Raleigh, North Car­oli­na„ Zainab Baloch, was van­dal­ized with black graf­fi­ti stat­ing “Sand N******” and “Trump.” Then two days lat­er, on Octo­ber 9, a mosque locat­ed in Far­mville, Vir­ginia had the words “F**K God & Allah” scrawled on its walls. These inci­dents of hate rhetoric and prop­er­ty dam­age demon­strate the spread of hate vio­lence across the U.S. from the South­east to the North­west. The map below illus­trates the spread of hate vio­lence across the U.S. over the last two years using dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing pins between inci­dents that occurred pre-elec­tion (orange pins) and post-elec­tion (pur­ple pins).

Civil Rights Groups, North Carolina State and Local Officials Call For An End to Hate Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Suman Raghu­nathan, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT), issued the fol­low­ing state­ment sub­se­quent to SAALT’s Octo­ber 7 town hall on hate vio­lence in Cary, North Car­oli­na in col­lab­o­ra­tion with state and local offi­cials, law enforce­ment, and com­mu­ni­ty based orga­ni­za­tions:

“America’s high­est ideals are root­ed in the fact that we are all cre­at­ed equal and have the right to pray, love, live with free­dom. Nev­er­the­less, our com­mu­ni­ties con­tin­ue to be attacked and tar­get­ed via leg­is­la­tion based upon our real and per­ceived reli­gion. This has to end.”

“From three Mus­lim Bans to con­temptible sup­port of white suprema­cy, this admin­is­tra­tion has encour­aged and embold­ened hate vio­lence against our com­mu­ni­ties.  Since the elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump, SAALT has tracked over 179 inci­dents of hate vio­lence aimed at South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, Arab, and Mid­dle East­ern Amer­i­can, already sur­pass­ing totals from the year lead­ing up to the 2016 elec­tion.”

“In Feb­ru­ary 2015 three young Mus­lim Chapel Hill stu­dents and activists were mur­dered in their home by their neigh­bor.  In June 2016 Army Reserve offi­cer Rus­sel Thomas Lang­ford left bacon out­side of a mosque, harassed con­gre­gants in the park­ing lot, and then made death threats, which accord­ing to Capt. John Kivett of the Sheriff’s Office, includ­ed telling “peo­ple at the mosque that he would kill them and bury them behind the mosque.”  In May 2017, vul­gar Islam­o­pho­bic car­toons depict­ing a pig per­form­ing a sex­u­al act on top of a Mus­lim man were post­ed across the res­i­den­tial halls at the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na at Char­lotte.”

“These inci­dents reflect increas­ing big­otry and divi­sion tar­get­ing our com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try. This admin­is­tra­tion has done noth­ing to pre­vent or con­demn vig­i­lante vio­lence or to denounce the views of die-hard racists, and has rather used the full pow­er of the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to refill our nation’s reser­voir of hate with every anti-Mus­lim, anti-immi­grant pol­i­cy and tweet it hurls.”

“In response to the uptick in hate vio­lence tar­get­ing South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, Arab, and Mid­dle East­ern com­mu­ni­ties around the coun­try, SAALT is host­ing region­al town halls this year on key issues for our com­mu­ni­ties. SAALT thanks Attor­ney Gen­er­al Josh Stein, Sen­a­tor Angela Bryant, Sen­a­tor Jay Chaud­huri, For­mer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rick Glazier, Far­ris Barakat, Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue, the North Car­oli­na mem­bers of the Nation­al Coali­tion of South Asian Orga­ni­za­tions (NCSO), and our allies and spon­sors for col­lab­o­rat­ing on this urgent town hall.

In this time of polit­i­cal and social divi­sive­ness, an answer to hate vio­lence seems impos­si­ble, yet the solu­tion remains clear: we must remain unit­ed for action and stand with each oth­er to demand that all Amer­i­cans are afford­ed full inclu­sion and jus­tice in our coun­try.  We must refuse to allow prej­u­dice to go unchecked as we work to form a more per­fect union togeth­er.”

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Quotes:

Attorney General Josh Stein:

“Crim­i­nals who tar­get peo­ple with vio­lence because of who they are, where they are from, or how they pray must be con­demned. Hate crimes go against every­thing this coun­try stands for. I am com­mit­ted to strength­en­ing North Carolina’s response to hate crimes and work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly to pre­vent these crimes that incite fear and vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty among our neigh­bors.”

State Senator Jay Chaudhuri:

“Amer­i­ca was found­ed on the ide­al that all of us are cre­at­ed equal. Hate vio­lence that tar­gets our com­mu­ni­ties tar­gets our coun­try’s found­ing val­ues. Amer­i­ca has no room for vio­lence based on some­one’s race, reli­gion, iden­ti­ty, and nation of ori­gin, and we must denounce these acts in the strongest pos­si­ble terms. I am com­mit­ted to work­ing with state and local author­i­ties, and com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers, to make sure North Car­oli­na stands up to hate and not on the side­lines.”

Rick Glazier - Executive Director, North Carolina Justice Center

“A trust is placed in each of us-by future gen­er­a­tions not yet born-to ful­fill our main­te­nance oblig­a­tion to fight pover­ty and dis­ease, igno­rance and big­otry, and apa­thy and dis­trust.”

Chavi Koneru - Executive Director, North Carolina Asian Americans Together:

“As an orga­ni­za­tion bring­ing to light the issues fac­ing the Asian Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty in North Car­oli­na, we are great­ly con­cerned about the rise in hate vio­lence towards mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ty who are Mus­lim or per­ceived to be Mus­lim. This town hall is begin­ning a dis­cus­sion we need to have in this state about col­lec­tive­ly address­ing the issue of hate vio­lence and sup­port­ing pol­i­cy changes that can bring it to an end.”

Ritu Kaur - Kiran Inc.

“Do you real­ize hate crimes and domes­tic vio­lence have sim­i­lar trau­mat­ic effect on the vic­tims and on the com­mu­ni­ty? Let us speak out.”

Farris Barakat - The Lighthouse Projects

“As prej­u­dice and dis­crim­i­na­tion threat­en more peo­ple and is nor­mal­ized in offices as high up as the pres­i­den­cy, an active and grass­roots effort to counter this dark­ness is a civic duty on the peo­ple of con­scious­ness.”

Kulpreet Singh - Sikh Gurdwara

“Each of us is a tremen­dous resource, and the world is a bet­ter place when we com­mu­ni­cate and work togeth­er because of, not despite, our dif­fer­ences.”

Chris Blue - Town of Chapel Hill, Chief of Police and Executive Director for Community Safety

“I am hon­ored to have been among the impres­sive pan­elists who spoke so pas­sion­ate­ly today about the nature of hate in our soci­ety and the deter­mi­na­tion and com­pas­sion that will be required of all of us to over­come it.  I am also heart­ened by the good work going on in North Car­oli­na toward mak­ing this a place of inclu­siv­i­ty for every­one.”

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Con­tact: Vivek Trive­di — vivek@saalt.org

This Week In Hate: October 5 — Hate Crimes, Racial Profiling, and the Link to Systemic Discrimination

Pre­pared by Rad­ha Modi

Between Novem­ber 8, 2016 and Octo­ber 3, 2017, there have been 179 doc­u­ment­ed hate inci­dents against those who iden­ti­fy or are per­ceived as Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, South Asian, Arab, or Mid­dle East­ern com­pared to the total of 130 from the year pri­or to the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump. The increase in hate vio­lence dur­ing the last eleven months is symp­to­matic of the nor­mal­iza­tion and sanc­tion­ing of hate rhetoric by those in posi­tions of pow­er and influ­ence. Con­cur­rent with the rise in hate inci­dents and nor­mal­iza­tion of hate rhetoric, there is also fur­ther deep­en­ing of insti­tu­tion­al­ized vio­lence such as racial pro­fil­ing and dis­crim­i­na­tion against mul­ti­ple mar­gin­al­ized com­mu­ni­ties.

Hate inci­dents fall under three broad cat­e­gories of: 1) prop­er­ty dam­age due to van­dal­ism, rob­bery, arson, or oth­er forms of destruc­tion, 2) phys­i­cal assaults such as pulling of attire, shov­ing, or punch­ing, and 3) ver­bal and writ­ten assaults either in per­son or through email or fly­ers. Of the 179 hate inci­dents against those who iden­ti­fy or are per­ceived as Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, South Asian, Arab, or Mid­dle East­ern, 63 are inci­dents of phys­i­cal assaults, 71 are inci­dents of verbal/written assaults, and 45 are inci­dents of prop­er­ty dam­age. The most notable instance of phys­i­cal assault occurred in Hous­ton, TX, on Sep­tem­ber 21, 2017. A Lyft dri­ver assumed to be Pak­istani and Mus­lim was ver­bal­ly and phys­i­cal­ly assault­ed by the pas­sen­ger, Matthew Dunn.” The assault left the dri­ver trau­ma­tized and fear­ful of his life. The anti-immi­grant and anti-Mus­lim sen­ti­ment is char­ac­ter­is­tic of most hate inci­dents cap­tured in SAALT’s data­base. While ver­bal or writ­ten assaults are absent of phys­i­cal vio­lence, they are equal­ly trau­mat­ic for vic­tims. On Sep­tem­ber 15, 2017, a white suprema­cist wear­ing a “F**k ISIS” t‑shirt threat­ened to kill the patrons of a hookah lounge in Lake For­est, Cal­i­for­nia. Then three days lat­er on the 18th, van­dals spray-paint­ed mul­ti­ple hate mes­sages on a store owned by an Indi­an fam­i­ly. One alarm­ing mes­sage stat­ed: “Kill All Hin­dus.”

Con­cur­rent­ly, the vio­lence that is hap­pen­ing on the streets is also insti­tu­tion­al­ized through racial pro­fil­ing and dis­crim­i­na­tion of those who iden­ti­fy or are per­ceived as Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, South Asian, Arab, or Mid­dle East­ern. Racial pro­fil­ing is a com­mon insti­tu­tion­al­ized tac­tic used by law enforce­ment that unjust­ly tar­gets and ter­ror­izes com­mu­ni­ties of col­or. The ACLU reports that U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion (CBP) seized and searched the phones of the Alasaad fam­i­ly, who are Mus­lim and have Amer­i­can Cit­i­zen­ship, with­out a war­rant and held the fam­i­ly for hours at the U.S.-Canadian bor­der. More recent­ly, a Mus­lim man was arrest­ed, and his fam­i­ly was detained for three hours when he tried to deposit a check at his local bank in Wichi­ta, Kansas. The fam­i­ly feels trau­ma­tized by the encounter and wor­ries about their safe­ty in Kansas.

As hate vio­lence on the streets and the tar­get­ing of Mus­lims by law enforce­ment are rou­tinized, the sys­temic dis­crim­i­na­tion of those who iden­ti­fy or are per­ceived as Mus­lim also deep­ens in major insti­tu­tions such as edu­ca­tion, labor, or hous­ing. A Face­book page sell­ing and rent­ing homes in LaSalle, Illi­nois, up until recent­ly asked mem­bers inter­est­ed in join­ing the Face­book group: “Are you Mus­lim or ter­ror­ist?” A pri­vate com­pa­ny, Ver­ly Pro Mov­ing Labor, set up the Face­book page and after com­plaints took down the ques­tion. Also, a uni­ver­si­ty pro­fes­sor, forced to resign, is suing his for­mer employ­er, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cen­tral Flori­da, on grounds that he suf­fered dis­crim­i­na­tion as a Black and Mus­lim fac­ul­ty mem­ber. These are just some of the exam­ples that demon­strate how tar­get­ing of mar­gin­al­ized com­mu­ni­ties is crim­i­nal­ized and insti­tu­tion­al­ized.

Last Chance! Call your Representatives TODAY to demand a Clean DREAM Act


Dear Friend,

Last month you heard about our efforts to speak truth to pow­er. South Asian DREAM­er, leader, and SAALT ally Chi­rayu Patel told elect­ed offi­cials at a press con­fer­ence on Capi­tol Hill, “We will not be used as bar­gain­ing chips in polit­i­cal games­man­ship between the par­ties. It is time for Con­gress to make a deci­sion on whether they’re going to sup­port us or whether they’re going to stand in the way of progress.” You heard SAALT’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Suman Raghu­nathan, demand a clean DREAM Act, with­out any com­pro­mis­es on increased bor­der enforce­ment that will neg­a­tive­ly impact immi­grant fam­i­lies.

The Dream Act of 2017 is a bipar­ti­san bill that would pro­vide a path to cit­i­zen­ship for undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grants who came here as chil­dren, and who grad­u­ate from U.S. high schools and attend col­lege, enter the work­force, or enlist in a mil­i­tary pro­gram.

Last week, House Minor­i­ty Leader, Nan­cy Pelosi, signed a “dis­charge peti­tion” to bring the DREAM Act to an imme­di­ate vote in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. This rare Con­gres­sion­al motion allows a bill to be “dis­charged” from com­mit­tee and brought to a floor vote pro­vid­ed that it receives 218 sig­na­tures from Mem­bers. Cur­rent­ly, only 23 addi­tion­al sig­na­tures are need­ed!

IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION

Here are two things you can do now to force Congress to vote on and pass a clean DREAM Act:

Call your elect­ed offi­cials TODAY and tell them why the DREAM Act mat­ters to you. We urge you to tar­get these Mem­bers of Con­gress and ask them to sign the dis­charge peti­tion to bring the DREAM Act to a vote. Please also ask them to extend tomorrow’s Octo­ber 5thDACA renew­al dead­line that is fast approach­ing. You can also call your rep­re­sen­ta­tives and thank them for their efforts if they are already co-spon­sors of the DREAM Act and ask them to sign the dis­charge peti­tion and extend the DACA renew­al dead­line.

Par­tic­i­pate in the Nation­al Day of Action TOMORROWOcto­ber 5th in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. led by our allies at Unit­ed We Dream. It will begin with a press event with Mem­bers of Con­gress at 10 am on the South Sen­ate lawn on the Capi­tol grounds, fol­lowed by vis­its to Mem­ber offices to demand a clean DREAM Act. Can’t join in per­son? Fol­low along and sup­port the Nation­al Day of Action online using this dig­i­tal toolk­it.

Here's a sample script you can use when making your calls:

“I am call­ing today to urge you to sign the dis­charge peti­tion on the bi-par­ti­san DREAM Act of 2017, HR 3440. As a South Asian Amer­i­can con­stituent and an Amer­i­can deeply invest­ed in immi­gra­tion reform, I am urg­ing you to sign the dis­charge peti­tion to bring the DREAM Act to the House floor imme­di­ate­ly for a vote. Our DREAM­ers only have until tomor­row Octo­ber 5thto renew their DACA sta­tus and we are ask­ing that you extend that dead­line.

This leg­is­la­tion would allow our DREAM­ers who are as Amer­i­can as you or me to remain in the only coun­try they have ever known or called home. You may be sur­prised to know that there are at least 450,000 undoc­u­ment­ed Indi­ans alone in the U.S., and there are at least 23,000 Indi­ans and Pak­ista­nis who are eli­gi­ble to remain in the coun­try, be shield­ed from depor­ta­tion, and legal­ly work through the DREAM Act.

As you may know the Pres­i­dent recent­ly decid­ed to end DACA, a pro­gram which enjoys over­whelm­ing bi-par­ti­san sup­port among elect­ed offi­cials and Amer­i­can vot­ers (76%), with the stroke of his pen, putting 800,000 DREAM­ers’ lives in lim­bo. Pass­ing the DREAM Act will allow these DREAM­ers to remain in the U.S. and con­tin­ue their lives with­out fear as they con­tin­ue to be part of the fab­ric of our nation.

I’m ask­ing you today to exer­cise courage and lead­er­ship on behalf of our fam­i­lies and our com­mu­ni­ties so we can all thrive. I urge you to sign the dis­charge peti­tion for a clean DREAM Act with no bor­der enforce­ment. I am hap­py to share more infor­ma­tion if use­ful or con­nect you with South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT), a nation­al orga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing our com­mu­ni­ties in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Thank you for tak­ing my call today.”

The time is now to step up and demand all elect­ed and appoint­ed offi­cials defend and pro­tect DREAM­ers, immi­grants, and all Amer­i­cans.

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South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that fights for racial jus­tice and advo­cates for the civ­il rights of all South Asians in the Unit­ed States. Our ulti­mate vision is dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all.

CONTACT: Vivek Trive­di – vivek@saalt.org