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The Hate Report: ‘Go back to your own country’ becomes anthem of hate

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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:

To Singh, the number of incidents targeting members of the religion, which has its roots in the Punjab region of South Asia, recalls the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

“But at that time, it felt like the... Read More >

The Hate Report: Kansas’ lone wolf and Atlanta’s anti-Semitic history

This week continued to be dominated by the fallout from the deadly shooting in Olathe, Kansas.

Sunayana Dumala, the widow of 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed in the attack, made an impassioned plea to the federal government to take action on hate crimes and spoke of her continued fear of such crimes as an immigrant in  the United States.

“I need an answer; I need an answer from the government. I need an answer for everyone out there,” Dumala said at a press conference. “Not just for my husband … but for everyone, all those people of any race.”

There were no signs that Adam Purinton, the suspect in the shooting, was affiliated with any hate groups. Instead, he appeared to be a so-called lone wolf. Back in 2010, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta called lone wolves “the main threat to this country.”

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Since then, there have been several such attacks, from a 2014 shooting spree at Jewish centers in Kansas (in the same county as last week’s attack) to the deadly attack at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub last year.

Purinton reportedly harassed two men about their immigration status, a theme that has dominated the news cycle this year, thanks to President Donald Trump’s... Read More >

The Hate Report: Bomb threats, a deadly shooting and a mosque arson

Monday: Bomb threats at Jewish community centers.

Our week began with a fresh wave of threats against Jewish community centers across the United States. Monday  President’s Day – brought bomb threats and evacuations to at least 10 community centers.

These were just the latest bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers. In early February, dozens of community centers received threats, leading the FBI to launch a hate crime investigation. The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, two organizations that closely monitor hate crimes, have both reported a sharp increase in threats and crimes since the Nov. 8 election of President Donald Trump.

On Monday, the ADL directly called on Trump to denounce the threats and asked what the administration planned to do about them:

In late January, Trump failed to refer to Jews in his brief statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day. On Monday, following the threats, Trump’s daughter Ivanka, a convert to Judaism, called for religious tolerance:

Tuesday: Trump responds directly for the first time.

Trump eventually did address the issue of anti-Semitism in response to weekend vandalism at a Missouri cemetery, where more than 100 Jewish graves were desecrated.

While on a visit to the National Museum of African American... Read More >

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