Vigilante Racism: The De-Americanization of Immigrant America
Bill Ong Hing
University of San Francisco - School of Law
Michigan Journal of Race and Law, Vol. 7, Spring 2002
The mistreatment of those of Arab, Muslim, and Sikh descent in the United States post September 11 amounts to vigilante racism--the enforcement of a presumed code of what constitutes a "true" American. In the process, the culprits engage in a process of "de-Americanizing" individuals of color, informing them that they do not belong to the American community. There are two Americas; one that is embracing of diversity, the other that continues to be premised on a Euro-centric vision.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: race, culture, hate crime, discrimination, hate speech, de-Americanize, racism, vigilante, diversity, Euro-centrismAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 16, 2002
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