If you want to take a breather from the national mood of celebration over the assassination of Osama bin Laden, there are a
amid the chaos calling attention to what some of the rhetoric means for communities of color.
About a month after 9/11, Suri was still in high school and
told an interviewer
that when he wanted to volunteer downtown, his mother wasn’t having it,
“My parents were scared,” he said. “People don’t see a difference between Sikhs and Muslims.”
Over on his
, @Heems has been reTweeting some of the xenophobic knee-jerk reactions to bin Laden’s death that were only nominally connected to this event, and mostly just propagate the decade-old
. He began with a sentiment that occurs to many Americans with roots on the subcontinent or the Middle East whenever big 9/11-related news hits :
GREAT DAY TO GO OUTSIDE AND MAKE SURE PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE MY MOM AND DAD ARENT GETTING BEATEN UP…
And below are the grim highlights of his reTweets.
(Graphic language left intact).
: US should stop all aid to Pakistan for harboring obl & lying about it He payed them for their deceit. Never trust a diaperhead
haha!! RT @
: Osama I hope hell treats you well… actually not. THE TERRIBLE TOWELHEAD IS DEAD. that was my nickname for him.
: Bastard towel head fuck should have been ass raped till he died from bleeding of the asshole.
: They deep out there too! RT @
Towelhead in here walkin around with the mean mug and a bookbag
: We know another towelhead will just take his place so we need be relentless in seeking out these radical terrorist
: finally pegged that towelhead shitbird
. may u rot in hell u grizzly dirty piece of dog shit, oh and ur “virgins”
: Hell yea usa!!!! We killed that stupid dune coon!!!!! Justice has been served! Thank you men and women of our armed forces!
: Most wanted sand-nigger is dead! Good job American soldiers!
: Now the sand nigger is dead I wonder if gas prices will go down?
yay daniela RT @
: Yeah Osama Bin Laden the Sand Nigger is officially dead, woot woot <333
top spellers RT @
“Bin boy” (osama bin laden) is dead?!? About time someone got to that camel jokey!
Amid a mostly depressing list, Suri also included this one, from professor and writer Vijay Prashad:
follow this brown god RT @
Retributive justice reduces the moral horizon; restorative justice is what the world deserves.
And if you want a reminder that popular music and anti-racist ideology aren’t mutually exclusive, get yourself some DR below.
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