You can find Deepa’s latest writings on her Medium blog.
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Check out Deepa’s latest essay at Colorlines:
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In July, Deepa sat down with HOPE not hate to talk about her work and how Islamophobia manifests itself in the UK and the US. You can find the full interview (“Organising Against Closed Doors”) at this link.
In your book, ‘We Too Sing America’ you mention your immigration to the US when you were 12. Was there an event or moment in that period that led to the work you are doing today?
I think my experiences of immigrating from India to the US did affect me quite a bit in terms of the work I’m doing now. I don’t think I would have been able to say that then, but I was very cognisant of the fact that my family was treated as though we were outsiders and that we didn’t belong and that there was something wrong with us. That feeling was really embedded in my psyche. I also thought at the time that it was completely unfair, and it took away from everything that I believed about myself and my family and my heritage. So part of what propelled me to get involved are those dual feelings. When I went to college I began organising with Indian American students so we had a voice on campus, and I was propelled to law school where I really developed an interest in immigration law and constitutional law and it went from there. It really stemmed from experiences of dislocation and discrimination in the American self and led me to really push forward my own belief that we can do better and that other immigrants shouldn’t have to face those kinds of circumstance – that is what continues to propel me today.
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Deepa recently received an honorary doctoral degree in the humanities from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Listen to her commencement address to the Class of 2019: