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Some historical racism to ponder...
« on: February 13, 2015, 05:53:59 PM »
From Slate:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2015/02/13/history_of_sikhs_in_america_violence_against_sikh_workers_in_bellingham.html

From the linked article:
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While we ponder today whether the recent murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina was a hate crime or a merely an argument over parking gone horrifically wrong, it’s worth remembering that acts of violence committed against religious groups in American history have rarely had a single cause. While some may see Bellingham’s anti-Sikh riot as a hate crime, others might claim it was simply a labor dispute.

One of the many evils of racism and tribalism is that it's so easily cast in terms that appeal on an instinctual, emotional level: defending jobs, defending your community, your "race", your family... Nevermind that the people you're dehumanizing have jobs, communities, strong ethnic ties and families of their own.
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