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Month: October 2015

We Too Sing America in Bookstores on November 3rd!

We Too Sing America in Bookstores on November 3rd!

Thank you for stopping by! Here are some quick links and information about my new book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future. 

*What’s the Book About?  Race, demographics, power, communities of color, immigrants, post 9/11 America, and stories of young activists from South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh communities. More details here.

*Interested? Get Your Copy: Please purchase at an independent bookstore near you (ask them to order a copy if they don’t have one in stock) or online. You can also order via Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

*Come to a Book Talk:  Join me in conversation with local activists in New York City (11/10), Washington, DC (11/11), Baltimore (11/12), Chicago (11/17), the University of Michigan (11/19), Louisville, Seattle (12/1) and Atlanta (12/8), San Francisco (1/20/2016) and Austin (2/20/2016).

*Convene a Race Talk on your campus, city, community center or workplace: Contact Deepa at

*Stay in Touch: Complete the form below to receive occasional dispatches from Deepa with resources, articles, and updates related to the themes in the book. Just indicate that you want to subscribe to my e-newsletter.

Thank you for your interest and support!


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What was really on trial in the Sureshbhai Patel case?

What was really on trial in the Sureshbhai Patel case?

In early September, a jury in Huntsville, Alabama, began to hear testimony in the case of Eric Parker, a white police officer who faced federal charges for violating the civil rights of Sureshbhai Patel, a 57-year-old Indian immigrant and grandfather. On September 11th, the jury of ten white men and two Black women reached a stalemate in their deliberations for the third time, leading the judge to declare a mistrial. What happened during the trial should concern all Asian Americans and anyone working on police brutality cases.

The facts in the case against former Officer Eric Parker of the Madison, Alabama police department seemed fairly straightforward at first glance. In February of this year, Parker and another cop were in Mr. Patel’s suburban neighborhood to follow up on a 9-11 call from someone who claimed that a suspicious “skinny Black guy” was walking around. Officer Parker and his partner approached Mr. Patel. Their exchange, captured on dashcam video, shows that Mr. Patel could only utter a few words in English. Video footage also shows what happened next. Officer Parker performed what is known as a front leg sweep, throwing Mr. Patel onto the ground. Mr. Patel was hospitalized for months, and became partially paralyzed as a result.

Read more at Race Files.


Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock

Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock

The experience of Ahmed Mohamed — a Sudanese Muslim high school freshman who was suspended and arrested in Irving, Texas, after his teachers and administrators believed that a clock he made was a bomb — has caught America’s attention. Even President Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg weighed in, inviting Mohamed to the White House and Facebook, respectively. But these gestures, as sincere as they are, cannot by themselves counteract the reasons the incident happened in the first place: the pervasiveness of anti-Muslim bias in our country and the discriminatory application of school discipline policies against brown, Muslim and immigrant students.

Read more here at Al-Jazeera.


The Untold Narratives in Post 9/11 America

The Untold Narratives in Post 9/11 America

On the fourteenth anniversary of September 11th, I wrote a piece in The Guardian about the invisible and untold narratives that continue to exist.

“Most of the undergraduates in my courses on Asian- and South Asian American communities, were in kindergarten when the attacks of 11 September 2001 occurred, so they have lived in the reality of post-9/11 America for most of their lives.

But their ability to critically analyze our government’s policies and practices in the post-9/11 environment is limited, because the narrative about the day and its aftermath – lives lost; War on Terror triggered – excludes the stories of South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh communities in America and their ongoing experiences with hate violence, discrimination, government surveillance and profiling.”

Read more here.

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