I. Report of Sri Lankan Attacked in Petersburg
“I was riding the subway from Nevsky Prospect. It wasn’t late yet, so I wasn’t afraid. I sat down in the middle of a subway car and as the train approached Aleksandr Nevsky Square, a couple of guys got up and put on masks. One of them got up on the seat and kicked me in the chest. The other hit me in the face.”
Such was the report of a young Sri Lankan student in St. Petersburg to the television station Mir. In response to this and other similar attacks, university officials at St. Petersburg State Polytechnical Institute are taking measures to protect foreign students including putting in a video surveillance system for the campus and surrounding areas, the installation of call boxes on campus to alert the police, and hiring more security.
One Indian student hopes these steps will help stem the attacks: “My parents often told me that India and Russia have excellent relations, that our governments are friends. And truly, most people in Petersburg get along well with us, and I hope that soon we will forget about this problem and we can quietly study in the city.”
II. Sikhs Attacked in New Jersey
Sikhs in New Jersey must be wishing things would quiet down as well. Two attacks in the past week: one of a 67-year-old retired engineer and the other of a ten-year-old boy. Seriously, look at that kid. As Buster Sr. would say, “Some blankety-blank bigot dared to hit that child!”
(We get angry around here, but unlike the racists, we like to keep it safe for the kids--no cursing.)
First, bless Gagandeep Singh’s bravery for speaking out on his attack.
Second, bless Diwan Singh for having the moral sense to say, “They think we are Muslims. But we are not Muslims. Secondly, I would say all the Muslims are not bad.”
I wish more of our blankety-blank politicians would have the courage to be more clear on that last point in the face of the ridiculous anti-Islamic smear campaign the right-wing hate machine seems to have embraced.
[h/t angry asian man]
III. Latest Brown Girls Comix Out
Need some levity now? Luckily, the new Brown Girls is up over at Devis with Babies. Go read it and find the liberal lovin'.