As Americans grieve this terrorist attack that claimed the lives of nine congregants of Mother Emanuel and engage in much-needed dialogues on the legacy of the centuries of racialized violence of slavery and Jim-Crow segregation, Sikh Americans of South Asian origin must actively join the dialogue and purposefully engage with our Christian African-American brothers and sisters in solidarity.
The following is based on real-life experiences with my family since the birth of my son. It goes without saying that these situations, from cultural misunderstandings to racial/ethnic insensitivity to flat-out ignorance, likely represent only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what my biracial son can expect to experience throughout his life.
Most folks don't know about Shelley v. Kraemer. No, the better-known equality granting SCOTUS ruling is Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka in 1954. And while folks remember that this granted equal access to public education, few know how quickly their ruling was enforced. And by quickly, I mean slowly.
The chief justice of Alabama's supreme court is making a stand in the courthouse door. This is not literally happening, the way it did in 1963 when Alabama Gov. George Wallace made a similar stand in the schoolhouse door. But in both cases, high Alabama officials are trying to preserve the state's ability to discriminate against a segment of its population.
It is high time that we end bullying against and stereotyping of Asian-American men and start celebrating them! I contacted Ranier Maningding, the innovator behind the wildly popular blog The Love Life of an Asian Guy, and he described in detail the bullying that he's experienced as a result of being an Asian-American male, and how he's overcome it.