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I've been dreading something like this since November.

But this isn't the time to try to organize my thoughts about what's happened to my country. I just wanted to get this out, because I suspect I'm not alone in cutting down on my news intake so much that I might miss such a story. And it's important that we know.

Indian engineer killed, another injured in U.S. hate crime

The Hindu, for those not familiar with it, is one of India's foremost national newspapers. I mention this because when I first heard of it, my immediate assumption, based solely on the name, was that it was a Hindu Nationalist mouth organ. Not at all.

Kansas shooting: Widow of Indian man calls for action on hate crimes

As I write this, the top stories on CNN.com are about
  • the White House barring CNN, the New York Times, and the L.A. Times from a press briefing
  • the White House asking the FBI to "knock down recent Trump-Russia stories"
  • "States' rights for bathrooms but not for marijuana"
  • "Pew Poll: Support for Obamacare at all-time high"
The hateful murder of a talented young engineer for having brown skin is the bottom item of twelve under "Top Stories". Hell of a day.

I mourn for Srinivas Kuchibhotla. I mourn for the America I still, somehow, love. And I am so ashamed.

From: [identity profile] motodraconis.livejournal.com
I am sorry to have to say it, but we do appear to be sleep-walking into fascism, it was the anniversary of Sophie Scholl's death on Wednesday, and now I question myself every day - how would I have behaved then? How am I behaving now? Indeed what can I do? However small?

I have been trying to make a stand for what it's worth, is there anything you can do? No matter how small an act? Your post is about standing up, and bearing witness. Thank you.

Date: 2017-02-26 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rmd.livejournal.com
It's pretty egregiously fucked up out there right now.

Date: 2017-02-26 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rmd.livejournal.com
*completely* off topic - when were you at Evergreen? Idly curious since I know a couple of folks who were there in the early 1990's.

Date: 2017-02-27 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yakshaver.livejournal.com
I've been in Boston since 1990, so no overlap.


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