The years following the 9/11 attacks have brought with them a rapid, scary rise in not only xenophobic speech and attacks against Muslim, South Asian, Sikh communities and others — but policy catering to those kinds of interests. Jill Garvey, Imagine 2050 publisher and Center for New Community executive director, spoke on a panel at the Facing Race conference in Dallas, Texas, with Deepa Iyer, Suman Raghunathan of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and Linda Sarsour of the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC).
Arturo Garcia of Racialicious live tweeted the Nov. 15 discussion.
Facing Race 2014: Racial (In)Justice in the Post 9/11 Era
1:50 pm to 3:20 pm
Anti-immigrant sentiment and the post 9/11 backlash demonstrate the heightened racial anxiety in our country in the thirteen years since 9/11. South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh community members have especially experienced the brunt of these two driving forces. In this session, we will explore in particular the following themes: (1) the impact of xenophobic political discourse, policies and actions targeting these communities; and (2) the ways in which communities are pushing back against these two forces in the context of broader immigrant and racial justice movements. This session will be moderated by Deepa Iyer (Race Forward board member), with experts from South Asian Americans Leading Together, Center for New Communities, and the National Network on Arab American Communities.