20 yrs ago today a Sikh father #BalbirSodhi was the 1st person killed in hate violence after 9/11. He was targeted for his turban—his commitment to love all humanity. What if we made the vision that he died for our North Star? 911Hub.org #20YearsSince #September11
The gas station where #BalbirSodhi was killed in a hate crime is the 2nd Ground Zero - for all who have been killed & harmed by our nation's response to 9/11. Join me + the family tonight for a 20 yr vigil hosted by @sikh_coalition. Streaming at 7PM PT: 911Hub.org
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17 Jul 19
"Go back to your country!" I've documented hate crimes for 18 yrs & THIS is what we hear immediately before the gunshot or beating or stabbing or killing. Consistently. Persistently. When I hear these words, my body knows that THIS is the moment to brace for violence. [THREAD]
These words carry information: the belief that brown people are a problem that can only be solved by exclusion, concentration, or erasure. They signal that we are about to be beaten or broken or shot.
Now imagine what it feels like IN OUR BODIES to hear the President say this to ppl who look like us. This time, we don't need to wait for the violence to happen. It's already underway: locking children in cages, detaining us, banning us, terrorizing us w/raids and threats of more
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