JERSEY CITY — Nearly a decade has passed since terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center and severely damaged the Pentagon, but many South Asian immigrants say they’re still living with the lingering effects of racism and anti-Islamic fervor unleashed by the attacks.
Although as a group they are richly diverse, the Sikh, Hindus and Muslims who gathered at St. Peter’s College on Saturday all told stories about how America changed drastically after Sept. 11, 2001. And it wasn’t for the better.
The three-hour conference, titled “An America for All of Us,” was organized by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a non-profit that is holding a series of discussions around the country in preparation for the 10-year commemoration of 9/11. About 50 people attended Saturday’s event, which was broken down into three panel discussions featuring community activists and political leaders. (More)