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#AfterSeptember11 trends on Twitter, highlights racial attacks on Indian Americans

Namit Hans | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 4:36 IST

To protest growing racism against 'brown' people in America, Jessica Talwar, a 19-year-old Indian American has started a hashtag on Twitter, #AfterSeptember11. Till now, thousands of people have shared their opinions or personal experience using this hashtag.

Racial attacks on Indian Americans or people from South Asia have increasingly surfaced after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

On 8 September, a teenager from Chicago yelled abuses and racial comments on 53-year-old Inderjit Makkar and then physically assaulted him as well.

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The teenager called Makkar a 'terrorist' and 'Bin Laden' while he was driving to a grocery store in his car. Makkar was punched in the face and suffered a cheekbone fracture in the attack.

The US government has been trying to counter such incidents. A man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for brutally assaulting an 82-year-old Sikh man with a steel rod outside a Gurudwara in California on 5 May, 2013.

The experiences shared on Twitter have highlighted the constant humiliation and fear that are people from a certain community are subjected to.

Recent incidents of racial violence against Indians in the US

  • On 30 May, 2011, Jiwan Singh, a Sikh, was punched by a man in a moving train. Singh lost three of his teeth. The man who attacked him accused Singh of being related to Osama Bin Laden.
  • On 5 February, 2012, a Gurudwara was vandalised in Sterling Heights city of Michigan. The attackers also drew racial graffiti on the Gurudwara walls, using abusive language and references to the 9/11 attacks.
  • On 26 July, 2012, another Sikh from New Jersey was arrested for possessing a Kirpan, the Sikh religious symbol. He was also allegedly beaten up by his neighbour after a fight between them.
  • On 29 July, 2013, unidentified people attacked a Gurudwara in California and vandalised it. They also spray painted the word 'terrorist' on the walls.
First published: 16 September 2015, 4:29 IST
Namit Hans @HansNamit

Namit works as a sub-editor at the Speed News desk. He is an economics graduate who stumbled into social work after college. His interest in social issues and desire to write sensitising stories led him to journalism. In his free time, he mostly reads about religion and mythology.