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Friday, August 5, 2022

Investigators initially refused to categorize the 2012 mass shooting attack on worshippers at the Sikh Temple as a hate crime, though the gunman was a White supremacist who opened fire and murdered six people, injured nearly 35, and then took his own life. The attack was yet another example of the widespread White terrorism targeting South Asian, Muslim, and Arab Americans following the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11.

  • When Bad Things Happen, by Sean McCollum. This article in Learning for Justice magazine describes one school’s approach to addressing “community violence,” in particular, the aftermath of a White supremacist terror attack on a local Sikh Temple. The piece defines types of community violence, the intersections of such violence and existing trauma in the community, and provides some steps for “psychological first aid.” It also links to a toolkit of resources that support students affected by community violence.
  • Teaching on Days After: Educating for Equity in the Wake of Injustice, by Alyssa Hadley Dunn. What should teachers do on the days after major events, tragedies, and traumas, especially when injustice is involved? This beautifully written book features teacher narratives and youth-authored student spotlights that reveal what classrooms do and can look like in the wake of these critical moments.
  • We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future, by Deepa Iyer. Renowned activist Deepa Iyer asks whether hate crimes should be considered domestic terrorism and explores the role of the state in perpetuating racism through detentions, national registration programs, police profiling, and constant surveillance. Reframing the discussion of race in America, she addresses the complexity and diversity of the South Asian community and provides ideas from the front lines of post-9/11 America.