Cultural Appropriation, Boston, & Racist Backlash

It’s been an intense week in Boston and beyond. I wrote a piece for The Langar Hall and the Huffington Post last Monday after the tragic Boston Marathon bombing. You can read it in full here, and an excerpt is below.

As something as horrifying as this afternoon in Boston is literally unfolding, as we are worrying about loved ones who may be affected, we already have to worry about the consequences of backlash violence. We have to worry about the sensationalism in the media. We have to worry about being attacked because of the color of skins, the turbans or hijabs on our heads, the beards on our faces. I pray that people in the United States and beyond have learned something in the last 11 and a half years. I pray that the collective response to today will be drastically different from the knee-jerk racism that pervaded the days, weeks, months, and years after 9/11/01.

A few weeks back, I was asked to participate in a discussion on cultural appropriation in fashion on Al Jazeera English’s program, The Stream, after recent outrage — yet again — about appropriation at Urban Outfitters. You can watch the program right here.

  • Sikandar Nirmal Singh

    June 14th, 2013

    sat sri akal ji, its a shame that we have people in this worldwho act the way they do. they either hate us because we are not the same as them, and our differences cause their ignorance and low minds to do shameful things, or they pretend to like us so they can take advantage of us and use us for dirty actions.

    you have the outright racists who hate you simply because u dont fit their critera. then you have those especially western women who pretend they like other cultures, especially eastern ones, and get romantically involved with a n eastern guy, pretending she loves him for a whole host of things including – but not limited to – sex, money, and attention. they then impart their lack of morals on this guy and their family and offspring. thwn you also have the fake cults like 3HO, ISKCON, SRI CHINMOY and much more who brainwash people from both east and west. then they slander anyone who speaks up and points out their actions. sadly, western people are not afraud to do as they please, but god forbid you scold them or dont cater to them, they start saying things, and avting stupidly. moral of the story is we need to be open minded and kearn about other cultures, religions, etc. but respect ourselves, respect others, and respect our own cultures, and teach others to do the same. we also must stand up and not let others compromise that and harm it, and we also cannot cater to those who do these things.

    anyway – sunny – tusi karna bahut sohna kapaas mukhra…..tuhada dhari bahut sohna. mere dil bole hadippa hehe

    (and yes, im a kuri.)

    vaheguru ji ka khalsa, vaheguru ji ki fateh

  • No trackbacks yet
Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On Facebook