14 years after 9/11, our country continues to contend with public policies and misleading media narratives that have scapegoated South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh immigrant communities. We have "yet to fully confront the scope and effects of racial anxiety, Islamophobia and xenophobia," writes Deepa Iyer in her new book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press).
Iyer’s book weaves stories of young activists who work across intersections of race, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, and faith in order to push back against the issues that are making news headlines today. Iyer’s book also places post 9/11 America in a larger context - that of America’s changing racial demographics. As communities of color grow in population size, how will they gain economic, political and cultural power and equity? What are the roles of South Asian, Arab and Muslim immigrants in fostering multiracial unity by centralizing Black liberation? Iyer’s book examines these questions in light of post 9/11 America, the changing racial landscape, and today’s people-centered movements for social change.
More about Iyer’s book is at www.deepaiyer.com.
She tweets @dviyer.