Hate crimes,violent attacks, rising xenophobia mar the Indian experience in the US
Equality and the American dream seem to be increasingly out of reach for many Indians in the U.S., since President Donald Trump took office. The past several months have worried many people across the world, and Indians were especially alarmed to learn about the apparently racially motivated murder of Indian engineer. Meanwhile, the White House continues to push a controversial “Muslim ban,” battling the U.S. court system.
As a result, more and more people in India have reportedly begun advising their friends and relatives against visiting the United States, whether for work or study.
Kuchibhotla was shot to death in a Kansas bar this February, and subsequent attacks on other Indians followed in what the websitehas called a “wave of violence against South Asians.”
Trump’s critics say his rhetoric is partly responsible for energising hate groups who then target Latin Americans, Muslims, African Americans, and the LGBT community.
On Feb. 28, Kuchibhotla’s widow, Sunayana Dumala, published an emotional letter on Facebook about her husband’s death, stating her desire to remain in the U.S. and continue his dreams:
“We built our dream home, which he painted, and installed the garage door. Doing any kind of work on his home gave him immense joy. This was the home that he had built […] for us and any kids we would have. [It was] our first step to starting our family. It’s so unfortunate that this dream of ours is now shattered.”