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The “t-word”

"Terrorist" spray-painted on a wall at the Sikh Gurdwara of Riverside, in Jurupa Valley, California. (Source: PEBloggers)

“Terrorist” spray-painted on a wall at the Sikh Gurdwara of Riverside, in Jurupa Valley, California. (Source: PEBloggers)

After the apparent hate-motivated attack on Dr. Prabhjot Singh last weekend in New York, I wrote an essay that was published by The Revealer today about the emergence of the word “terrorist” as a racial epithet, but one that carries dangerous consequences for its target:

…what is apparent is that the word has now become a racial epithet – it is often directed to innocent people who exhibit certain physical features, rather than used as a descriptor of a person’s actions. The word has become an insult hurled from passers-by, from children in schools, or from attackers towards those who wear a turban, are of Indian or Middle Eastern descent, or who just have brown skin.

Many thanks to those who provided advice and assistance with this piece, which you can read in full at The Revealer.

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