If you want to take a breather from the national mood of celebration over the assassination of Osama bin Laden, there are a few voices 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 Tweetstream, @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 post-9/11 backlash. 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 :
There’s a rapturous term thrown around by VR enthusiasts: “The Metaverse.” It is a term that comes from the seminal Neal Stephenson science fiction novel Snow Crash, where it described a kind of embodied virtual reality.