Middle Eastern looking people are being murdered
- The Culture of Hate Within Us-
By James E. Garcia
MESA, AZ -- A man armed with hate, bigotry and a gun killed Balbir Singh
Sodhi on Saturday.
Authorities say Mr. Sodhi apparently was singled out in retaliation for
week's terrorist attacks against the United States because he was
be Arab or Muslim.
Mr. Sodhi was not a terrorist. He was not a Muslim. He was not even of
origin. He was from India. And he was Hindu.
The man arrested and charged with shooting Mr. Sodhi was a Latino named
On the day that Mr. Sodhi was killed, Mr. Roque also shot at a Lebanese
and an Afghan family who he reportedly blamed for last week's terrorist
attacks. They escaped unharmed.
When arrested at his mobile home in Mesa, Ariz., according to a police
spokesman, Mr. Roque declared, "I'm an American. Arrest me and let those
terrorists run wild."
I mention Mr. Roque's ethnic heritage because I believe that as a
that has faced racial and ethnic discrimination in the United States,
should be among the first to stand in solidarity with Arab Americans who
victimized in the wake of the terrorists attacks.
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