Poster: Racial bias, discrimination, and hate crime against South Asian immigrants in the USA

Racial bias, discrimination, and hate crime against South Asian immigrants in the USA

Syeda Nafisa Banoo, MS, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Experience with racism, discrimination, micro-aggression, and prejudice are an unfortunate reality of many South Asians in the U.S. living as minorities.  Over the decades, many have been victimized by anti-immigrant sentiments, vandalism, harassment, racial profiling, verbal assaults, physical brutality, and even murder. In the wake of “9/11,” there has been a tremendous rise in hate crimes against many ethnic minority groups in the U.S. South Asians have also increasingly become targets of these senseless racial attacks, persecution, and discrimination. Xenophobic rhetoric has become more evident post-9/11 among some social/political spheres that portray the South Asian people as “dangerous” and “threatening.” As many South Asians have been greatly impacted by such targeted “hate,” efforts are needed in examining the impact of this increased racial tension on this community.

Keywords: South Asian immigrants, hate crime, micro-aggression, discrimination, mental health