The map above shows where in the U.S. reported hate violence incidents have occurred between January 2011 to April 2014.
Last week, NCAPA member organization South Asian Americans Leading Together released a report that reveals the amount of reported hate violence and xenophobic rhetoric against South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Arab, Hindu and Middle Eastern communities. The climate has only worsened since 9/11, and since SAALT’s last report three years ago.
Because these communities are being targeted, they are being deprived of First Amendment rights such as freedom of religion and speech. In one incident, a Columbia University Sikh professor was assaulted while being called a terrorist.
Despite the increased hostile climate, some improvements are being made. As a result of advocacy efforts of community organizations, incidents targeting Sikh, Hindu and Arab individuals will be included in data collection of hate crimes starting in 2015.
What can we do to make sure all communities are protected and equality is upheld? The report has recommendations for the President, Congress, community members and allies. For the President and Congress, these recommendations include ending discriminatory surveillance by law enforcement and passing the End Racial Profiling Act.
For allies and community members, SAALT recommends educating communities about their rights, voicing opposition to political figures engaging in xenophobic rhetoric and building relationships with media to make sure these incidents are being heard by the public.
Download the full report here. The report was also covered by MSNBC. Watch the video here.