This Week in Hate: Regional trends of hate crimes 19 months post election

  • On June 12, 2018 in Jersey City, New Jersey, a man harassed a group of Muslim high school seniors calling them “traitors to the country.”
  • On May 26, 2018, a Columbia, Missouri man, who identified himself as a “former” Nazi, threw objects out of his car in the direction of a Muslim woman who was driving along beside him. He then shouted “are you a freaking Islamic,” referring to her hijab and mocked the Muslim greeting of peace “as-salaamu alaykum”.
  • On June 17, 2018, a Denver landlord, Katina Gatchis, refused to sublet a vacant restaurant space to Rashad Khan, a Bengali Muslim restaurateur. Cell phone audio recordings between the current tenant, Craig Caldwell, and Gatchis reveal her discrimination, “So if I get anybody, as long as it’s not a Muslim, I would be okay?” Caldwell asks. “Yes, No Muslims, especially this guy,” says the other person, in the recording. “(I need a) good American person, like you and me.”
  • Esha Rajendran of Austin, Texas, who identifies as Indian American, found multiple Islamophobic and anti-immigrant fliers on her car on June 4, 2018.

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South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

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