U.S. Xenophobia Targets South Asians

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  • As per a report published south Asian Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and some Arab communities largely are at the receiving end of growing xenophobic undertones in the U.S.’s political expression
  • South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a group which talked about 78 instances of xenophobic political speech and 76 examples of hate violence between 2011 and 2014 suggested that these communities lived in a climate of growing hostility
  • This reveals increase in profiling and surveillance by law enforcement agencies, and the growth of an Islamophobia “industry” that demonises Muslims via the Internet and media
  • These incidents have spiked after 9/11 attacks and over 80% of the instances documented for this report were motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment, SAALT noted, though attacks on other faith communities often also involved “severe violence”
  • In a report further it was stated in a case where Kentucky State Senator David Williams criticising the Kentucky Governor’s participation in a Hindu ground-breaking prayer for a new manufacturing plant further told to open eyes and find Jesus Christ
  • Among its recommendations to the Obama administration the study called for the creation of a National Task Force to Prevent Hate Violence focused on addressing incidents directed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communities
  • This study resulted in to ensure that law enforcement receive cultural and religious competency trainings to understand the challenges that the affected communities faced when reporting hate violence