The children of Syria's civil war take the war with them. Some escape, barely, into hostile neighboring lands. Others remain trapped in the warzone. None are safe. The White House, meanwhile, has sought to ban refugees from Syria and several other Muslim-majority countries, "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” in the words of President Trump.
Islamophobia in Trump’s America is not a new headline, but in recent weeks it crossed into a new frontier, directly into the homes of Indian—specifically Hindu—families. The shock reverberated through the shooting of two immigrants from Hyderbad, Alok Madasani and Srinivas Kuchibhotia, by a white xenophobe named Adam Purinton, in the town of Olathe, Kansas, outside of Kansas City. Witnesses reported he thought they were Muslim, and that Purinton had initially claimed he’d shot two Iranians.
This day is for women everywhere. In every home, every workplace, each workplace, warzone and picket line, there’s no place on earth that isn’t touched by the presence of women, and nowhere in the world where their absence won’t be felt today as the “Day without Women” unfolds.
Months before the United States got its Trumpeting wake-up call to a new authoritarian regime, Moustafa Bayoumi was anticipating the election outcome with a characteristic mix of terror and laughter. The New York-based Muslim American writer and academic had long warned that now-President Donald Trump represented something more than just a bigoted buffoon. But now that President Trump is rolling out his agenda, Bayoumi has no time for schadenfreude.
From the wall to the ban, from the volatile street demonstrations to the rabid frenzies of “patriotism” below the Presidential podium--it seems like the resistance to Trump is looking ever-more like a real-life frontline--a war for public space in a country where the very instruments of democracy feel as if they’re coming under siege.
It’s fun to make things, especially when you’re making something beautiful. And especially when you’re making change. And god knows the political stage could use a change of scene. For everyone, these days have been a time of seeing and believing, and understanding that you maybe misunderstood the America you were living in all this time.
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