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Deep Rai, a 39-year-old Sikh resident of suburban Seattle, was in his driveway working on his car when he heard the words.
“Go back to your own country,” the masked man said, or words to that effect, according to The Seattle Times. After an altercation, the man shot at Rai, hitting him in the arm, and fled.
It’s a phrase that is becoming an anthem of hate. The shooting came less than two weeks after three men were shot, one fatally, at a Kansas bar. The shooter, Adam Purinton, is alleged to have shouted, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire. Last week, a Latino man riding the subway in New York was punched in the face by a man who was insulting Mexicans and told to “go back to your country.”
These seemingly unprovoked racist attacks have shaken communities worldwide, from Washington state to Kolkata, India. The Seattle Times interviewed Jasmit Singh, a Sikh community leader. He said local Sikh Americans are witnessing “a kind of prejudice, a kind of xenophobia that is nothing that we’ve seen in the recent past.” Sikhs traditionally do not cut their hair, and most men and some women wear turbans. From the Times story: