October Hate Report: Take a Breath, There’s More Work Ahead

On November 7, people of color caught their breath as they received news that President Donald Trump would no longer office past January 2021; finally, after four years of increased and public attacks on immigrants, Black Americans, queer folks, and Muslims, we have a moment of respite.

But state sanctioned hate violence and xenophobia is far from gone as President-elect Joe Biden continues to engage with heads of states with known nationalist ties, ignoring any ties to Hindutva ideology. This month’s hate report — which, notably, has not seen a decrease or increase in hate violence — is evidence that communities of color will likely continue to face hate violence despite Biden’s election, if we do not move past representation and into real transformation.

As a community of South Asians, we must remain vigilant and critical, even as we celebrate Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s series of firsts. SAALT will continue to work with allies andn community members to enact change. We call on our community to look past representation and demand action: anyone who wants to truly undo white supremacist violence brought to the surface by Donald Trump, must also understand its connection to Islamophobia and Hindu nationalism, and stand with immigrants, Muslims, and Black Americans. These next four years will be a test of South Asian Americans’ abilities to demand justice and equity, without reinforcing American imperialism.

Since the end of September, SAALT tracked 14 incidents of hate violence aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern and Arab American communities:

SAALT also recorded 11 incidents of xenophobic and Islamophobic rhetoric made by public officials since September 30, 2020.

Since September 26, 2020, SAALT tracked 5 publicly-reported incidents of hate violence and rhetoric targeting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander individuals and communities. Our AAPI allies and SAALT continue to receive sensitive first-hand accounts of coronavirus-related hate violence, but these details will not be reported in SAALT’s Monthly Hate Reports.

Inclusive of the incidents in this monthly summary, SAALT and our partners have tracked 348 incidents of xenophobic or Islamophobic rhetoric, and 733 incidents of hate violence targeting South Asians, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, MIddle Eastern Americans, Arab Americans and those racialized as such since November 2015.

A national social justice org working on policy analysis/advocacy on issues affecting the South Asian community: immigration, post 9/11 backlash. www.saalt.org