Deepa Iyer: "We Too Sing America" book party
“We Too Sing America” book party with Deepa Iyer.
Join Charis, Raksha, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), and Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta
in welcoming author and activist Deepa Iyer
to read from and sign her new book,
We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future.
Many of us can recall the targeting of South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh people in the wake of 9/11. We may be less aware, however, of the ongoing racism directed against these groups in the past decade and a half.
In We Too Sing America, nationally renowned activist Deepa Iyer catalogs recent racial flashpoints, from the 2012 massacre at the Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, to the violent opposition to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and to the Park 51 Community Center in Lower Manhattan.
Iyer asks whether hate crimes should be considered domestic terrorism and explores the role of the state in perpetuating racism through detentions, national registration programs, police profiling, and constant surveillance. She looks at topics including Islamophobia in the Bible Belt; the Bermuda Triangle of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim hysteria; and the energy of new reform movements, including those of undocumented and unafraid youth and Black Lives Matter.
In a book that reframes the discussion of race in America, a brilliant young activist provides ideas from the front lines of post-9/11 America.
This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event.
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Venue: Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.
Cost: $5 suggested donation.