“James Jackson prowled the streets of New York for three days in search of a Black person to assassinate in order to launch a campaign of terrorism against our Manhattan community and the values we celebrate.”
The British-Pakistani actor and rapper still gets judged on his religion and skin color. He wrote about these experiences, in audition and interrogation rooms, in a new piece published by The Guardian.
“We hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests that entire religious communities are complicit in violence. Where does this stop? The Orlando killer, one of the San Bernardino killers, the Fort Hood killer—they were all U.S. citizens.”
Since the September 11, 2001 bombing of the World Trade Center, Muslim-Americans and other brown people have faced racism, physical attacks, violent threats, government spying, media malfeasance and self-censorship. Basim Usmani examines how this post 9/11 environment has marred his Boston Muslim community—and his own ability to speak up.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn charged a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man named Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis for attempting on Wednesday to to blow up the Federal Reserve building with what he believed was a 1,000 pound bomb.
As you grow older, you’ll have many opportunities to make positive change. What values will you put into practice? Answering this question may be the best way to honor those whose lives were so tragically cut short.