Posts tagged "Xenophobia"

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Children who wear traditional religious garb are twice as likely to be bullied than their less conspicuous peers, a new report shows. 

Over 50% of Sikh children endure school bullying, according to a study from the Sikh Coalition of more than 700 Sikh students in Massachusetts, Indiana, Washington and California. It’s even worse for Sikhs who wear a turban, a staggering 67% of whom report being bullied. 

That’s a significant jump from the estimated rates of bullying in the U.S. The National Center for Education Statistics states that around 32% of all teenage students report being bullied in school, while the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has an even lower estimation of around 20%.

Sikh children are being tormented by other students who make fun of and rip off their turbans, hurl names such as “terrorist” and “Bin Laden” at them, and tell them to “Go back to their country.”


Image Credit: The Sikh Coalition

One student, known as L Singh in the report, recounts his experience being, along with his brother, the only Sikh in a California school. He wore his hair uncut in a topknot, and used to leave school in tears every day after being picked on by classmates. After two years, his mother visited the school, but that made no difference. “Teachers were racist out there,” he said. 

Eventually, his parents took him to the barber shop, where he took off his turban and cut his hair. Sing remembers his mother and father were crying. But again it made little difference. He was still bullied so badly that the family had to relocate to Indiana. 

For a Sikh, cutting the hair is seen as “the most grievous injury,” the director of the Sikh Coalition, Amardeep Singh, told Al Jazeera. “It’s like cutting your arm off, or a leg. Sikh history is replete with stories of Sikhs literally choosing death over having a haircut.”

There are more than 25 million Sikhs in the world, making Sikhism the fifth-largest religion. It’s tricky to determine the size of the U.S. Sikh population, because the census does not enquire about religion, but the Pew Research Center estimates that there are 200,000 American Sikhs, while the World Religion Database at Boston University has this number at 280,000.

Sikhs have lived in the U.S. for more than a century, according to the report, but have faced extra antagonism in the last decade, since 9/11 shook America.

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"Brown skin and turbans have popularly become associated with terror," the study explains. "Crude popular culture stereotypes of terrorists and damaging media images outside the classroom have made their way into the classroom, to the detriment of young Sikhs."

It’s also not just a school problem, as Sikh adults face hate crimesworkplace discriminationand mistreatment at airports. Last August — one year after a gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc. — the U.S. Department of Justice said it would begin tracking hate crimes against Sikh-Americans for the first time in history. 

But the classroom is an important place to start. The report calls on Congress to prioritize the passage of the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which would require public schools to implement anti-harassment codes of conduct and report data on bullying to the Department of Education. It also wants to see inaccurate and inflammatory information about Sikhs — including “extraneous references to Sikh terrorists’” — removed from school text books.

That seems like a reasonable request, when more than half of Sikh children are being bullied.

Source: Lauren Davidson for Policy Mic


An Arizona republican, Carl Seel, recently introduced legislation that would make it a crime for a ‘person in the state illegally’ to use any public resource or facility. This would include sidewalks, roads, parks and yes, even public restrooms.

 House Bill 2192 would make a crime to do anything, without proof of citizenship.

The 22 lines Seel wrote as part of AZ House Bill 2192 (2014) would allow the state to charge any person found to be ‘unlawfully using public resources,’ with a misdemeanor crime, for a first offense. A second offense would result in felony charges. The bill would also allow the state to seize cars found to be driven on a public road, by a person deemed to be ’not lawfully present’ in the state of AZ.

But why stop there? Seel’s proposed legislation would throw out those pesky little rights of the accused, namely, the right to present a defense. Seel’s addition to HB 2192 reads:

 “Any record that relates to the immigration status or illegal presence of a person in this state is admissible in any court without further foundation or testimony from a custodian of records if the record is certified as authentic by the government agency that is responsible for maintaining the record.”

While it’s hard to get an estimate of how many mistakes are made by the US Office of Customs and Immigration, the agency itself admits to systemic problems, which can involve errors, lost paperwork, lengthy delays and more. These kinds of problems are common in the immigration process.

Seel’s bill would allow any record from a recognized agency to be presented in court, and taken at face value. It would eliminate the rights of the accused to show more recent records which could prove  citizenship or show case history.

 The bill conflicts with US law.

Seel also wants to make sure that the children of immigrants don’t get an education, even though that idea is contrary to federal law. The language of the bill specifies that the ‘unlawful use of public resources’ would include:

 “driving on a public road or highway, accepting any public benefit, attending a public school or using the services of any public entity in this state.”

Seel was involved in drafting Arizona’s controversial HB 1070 , which was another attempt to bring back racial profiling. Parts of that law were struck down in federal court, where it was determined that states have a limited role to play in immigration policy and enforcement.

That ruling didn’t seem to dissuade Seel in the least. The new bill would allow citizens who don’t fit the stereotypical picture of white America, to be stopped in parks, hospitals and schools, not  to mention while they are trying to use the bathroom. It would also make it a crime to drive a car or take a bus. And forget about walking, since using a public sidewalk would also be a crime.

Seel says that the law would only apply to those who have “had their day in court.”

Do AZ police have special powers that allow them to be able tell who has had their day in court, just by seeing that person on a sidewalk or in a park? Of course they don’t. Which means that if you happen to look like a person who has ‘had their day in court’, you can be stopped by the police.

Will the GOP ever stop legislating hate?

While federal courts have routinely struck down state laws that violate or extend beyond the scope of federal law, some AZ lawmakers are still set on drafting laws from a perspective of hate.

Republicans are always looking for the scapegoat, a group on which they can lay the blame for their failed policies. Whether it’s the immigrant or the black guy, the low income senior citizen or the struggling single mother, the desire to find the weakest member of society and then lay the blame for economic problems, high unemployment rates, poverty, injustice, not to mention storms and mud slides, is irresistible. It’s always the fault of the “other.” And the “other” always turns out to be the person that has the least amount of power and the fewest number of resources, making them the easiest target for bullying and blaming.

As long as members of the GOP voting base allow themselves to be manipulated into hating, maligning, mistreating, stereotyping and blaming the current “guilty party,” we’ll keep seeing politicians like Seel in positions of power. We’ll also keep seeing bills like Seel’s horrific HB 2192 introduced, and even passed in red states like Arizona and Alabama. We’ll keep wasting millions of taxpayer dollars challenging unconstitutional laws all the way to the Supreme Court, where they’ll be thrown out or altered, to look like laws that belong in the US, not Russia or Iran.

In 2011, Arizona voters recalled the author of the state’s anti-immigrant HB 1070, Russell Pearce. President of the Arizona Senate, some claim that Pearce was the most powerful politician in the state. Arizona voters who are tired of watching their elected officials scapegoat a vulnerable segment of the population, might want to consider going after Seel next.

Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham launched an ignorant smear against Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, suggesting that she has to choose between her “immigrant family background” or the Constitution.

Ingraham’s smear is both rooted in the premise that immigrants are separate from mainstream American culture and is completely off the mark given the fact that Sotomayor is an American citizen and the daughter of American citizens.

In a February 3 speech before Yale Law students, Sotomayor commented on the fact that she was the first Supreme Court Justice to use the term “undocumented immigrant,” instead of “illegal alien,” saying “[t]o call them illegal aliens seemed and does seem insulting to me.”

Ingraham highlighted Sotomayor’s comment on her radio show the following day. Ingraham suggested that using the term “undocumented immigrant” demonstrated a failure of Sotomayor’s duty “to defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America.” According to Ingraham, the word choice shows that Sotomayor’s “allegiance obviously goes to her immigrant family background and not to the Constitution of the United States.”

Sotomayor is a Puerto Rican American who is both an American citizen and the daughter of American citizens. Puerto Ricans have had U.S. citizenship since President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act in 1917. Ingraham’s claim that Sotomayor’s heritage somehow conflicts with her mission to uphold the Constitution is both baseless and nonsensical.  

From the 02.04.2014 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:

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The controversy surrounding Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has focused mainly on his comments about homosexuality and bestiality, and to a lesser degree, his assertion that black people in the Jim Crow South were happier, but in the GQ interview that started it all, Robertson also equated Muslims with Nazis. Like his other controversial statements, this is nothing new for Robertson, who explained to an Arkansas congregation, in 2008, what would “do in the Muslims,” as well as “the Chinese,” and that Muslims are “famous for murder.”

In the middle of his speech before the Hillsboro Church of Christ in El Dorado, AR, Robertson asked “What will do the Muslims (pronounced “Moose-limbs”) in?”

Brandishing his Bible, Robertson answered “Violations of the law, that’s what’ll do ‘em in.”

“What will do the Chinese in, if they don’t turn to Jesus?” Robertson asked, then answered “One violation.”

Later in the speech, Robertson talked about those who are “controlled by the evil one.”

“That’s why they run jet aircraft into buildings, because they’re under control of the evil one, that’s why they rob and kidnap and rape and pillage, because they’re under control of the evil one. That’s why they murder, from the Nazis, to the Shintoists, to the communists to this latest crop!”

“You say ‘Why do they murder, why do they hate us?!” Robertson bellowed, slapping the podium. “Because all of them, those four groups, 80 years of history, they all want to conquer the world, they all rejected Jesus, and they’re all famous for murder. Nazis, Shintoists, communists, and the Muhammadists.”

In case anyone thought he was referring only to some bad apples, Robertson added “Every one of them, the same way.”

Toward the end of the speech, though, Robertson did tell the congregation to “Love your neighbor,” adding “I don’t care if he’s black, I don’t care if he’s one of these Muslims.”

h/t: Tommy Christopher at Mediaite

The violentextreme right Golden Dawn, a Greek political party implicated in organized crime, has found an ally in VDARE’s Nicholas Stix, who claims that “Golden Dawn is simply resisting this genocidal process.” He lauds Golden Dawn for “resisting the extermination of the Greek people” in the face of “mass non-white, Third World immigration.”

“And if they want to survive, other Western nations will, one way or another, have to make the same choice – no matter what names they are called,” Stix writes.


I knew that someone on the US far-right would defend Golden Dawn eventually. 

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

(via America’s Newsroom hosts Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer Mock Non-English Speakers Who Need Health Care - NewsHounds)

As the media outlet for the rabidly xenophobic, “English Only” right wing, Fox News wants filthy immigrants to speak English because, as we know, that is Jesus’ preferred language. The contempt with which Fox views those who do not speak English as a primary language was evidenced by Fox “news” guy, Jon Scott, who was aghast that radio stations weren’t playing a parody song about the outrage of having to “Press One for English.” Martha MacCallum was amused by a diner owner’s sign that said “English Only.”  And now that the Affordable Care Act is offered in 150 languages, MacCallum and her fellow “news” host Bill Hemmer are in full mocking mode. America is a ethnically and linguistically diverse country - but not in “America’s Newsroom,” nosirreee!!!!

The Affordable Care Act will benefit those whose low paying jobs don’t provide health care. As many of these folks are recent immigrants who are not fully conversant with the English language, HHS is providing interpreters “to answer questions, help people understand some of the terminology.” This was a source of amusement to Fox News hosts (and paragons of the Catholic conservatism that seems to be required of Fox News hosts, with a few exceptions) Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum. With a great big, shit eating grin, eligible bachelor Hemmer said something that was sure to get his audience’s nativist juices flowing and pitchforks at the ready.


And BTW, another Fox blonde, Dana Perino, tweeted about the “absurdity” of offering Obamacare in different languages. Can’t be providing health care to those people, eh? No English, no Obamacare. Let them die and decrease the surplus population, right, Dana?

Chris Hayes does, as usual, a great take down on these “patriots”.

(via Stan Solomon: “Trayvon Martin Deserved To Die And So Does ‘That F***ot’ Dan Savage” | Right Wing Watch)

Conservative talk show host Stan Solomon is obsessed with the idea that President Obama is fomenting a race war in order to murder white, Christian heterosexuals, so when we noticed he was hosting a special “Race In America” program to commemorate the March on Washington, we knew we had to watch. Solomon — who regularly interviews conservative figures including Phyllis SchlaflyE.W. JacksonLarry Pratt and Alan Keyes — used the occasion to deliver an epic rant accusing Jews, gays, African Americans and Muslims of being pawns of the Satanic left, hailing the murder of Trayvon Martin and announcing that he hopes “that faggot” Dan Savage dies.

Listen to me carefully. No you don’t, kiss my Obama, I don’t give a damn what you do, I know what I’m going to do and I know what people with an ‘I’ and a ‘Q’ are going to do. The left, which is godless and serves Satan, has an agenda. To accomplish their agenda they have to get idiots, morons, numbnuts to do stupid things so the focus will be on them and not on the libs, not on the leftists. Jews, homosexuals, blacks, gays, Islamists, you may think they’re disparate groups, they’re not, they’re all tools. Because while we’re mad at these two punks, we’re mad at Trayvon Martin, that thug that deserves to be dead and I’m glad he’s dead.

Pieces of crap, homosexuals like what’s that one guy’s name? [Dan] Savage. That faggot. That horrible, awful, terrible excuse for a human being who is at the White House promoting attacks on Christians. I hope he dies — he probably will — of every disease known. By the way, I’m sending him a fire hydrant for his birthday, I’m hoping he’ll sit on it; he’ll slide all the way down to the ground. Sorry fire hydrant fans, I don’t mean to insult fire hydrants.

At any rate, do you understand what I’m saying here? These groups are being recruited. Environmentalists, nuclear freeze, it doesn’t make a difference what group it is. If you put anything ahead of doing what’s right in God’s eyes, or better yet ignoring the reality of God, then you’re a tool, you’re a useful idiot.

Solomon then called on his white viewers to buy guns to protect themselves against black and Latino “terrorists.”

“If you’re white, you’re a target,” Solomon contended. “Get a gun, know how to use it, never be without it and don’t leave your family unprotected.” He warned that black and Latino public school and college students are “terrorists in training” who are “being taught” to hate white people. 

“You have to go to college and admit, ‘Oh if you’re white it’s unfair.’ Pretend like you’re black, pretend like you’re a homosexual, which means you are sick and stupid and ignorant and going to die, early,” Solomon continued.

“If somebody comes at you—I don’t give a damn if you’re white, black, pink or purple—and you’re not sure, shoot him and find out later. It’s better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.”

“George Zimmerman knows all about that,” co-host “Chief” Steve Davis replied.

But it didn’t end there.

Solomon, not one to hold back on making racist jokes about Michelle Obama, attacked the first lady over her promotion of healthy eating among youth: “They have that Michelle O-Buick butt Obama’s you know, by the way, she doesn’t eat that crap, she eats like a garbage disposal at a fast food joint. Actually, they might name one after her….They just eat the biggest junk in the world.”

He said he wouldn’t say anything about Malia and Sasha Obama, “except that I wish them the best having crap for parents.”

That Stan Solomon guy is super crazy, and that’s a fact, jack!

Count Don Feder out of the growing movement of evangelicals who are championing immigration reform. The World Congress of Families spokesman writes today that undocumented immigrants shouldn’t be treated with compassion, but instead like violent pagan forces: “The illegal immigrants swarming over our southern border are more akin to the pagan armies which regularly invaded the land of Israel and were repulsed by military force. The Bible is a guide for living, not a suicide pact.”

“Securing our borders with an amnesty is like promoting chastity with condoms,” Feder continues. “Political compassion has resulted in most of the horrors of modernity,” such as communism and “the destruction of the black family.”

He warns that an immigration reform law “will end up electing a lot of pro-abortion, anti-marriage leftists” as “illegals will elect a host of welfare-state Democrats.” “This is a constituency that yearns to breathe free stuff,” he writes.

Feder even makes the false claim that immigrants tend to be criminals: “Apparently, murder, rape and vehicular homicide are jobs Americans won’t do.”

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW