We Too Sing America

South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future


We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future
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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.
  • The New Press; October 2015
  • ISBN 9781620971215
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  • Title: We Too Sing America
  • Author: Deepa Iyer
  • Imprint: The New Press
Subject categories
  • 1620971216
  • 9781620970140
  • 9781620971215

In The Press

Praise for We Too Sing America:
[P]rovides a critical history of the specific race and faith discrimination South Asian and Arab communities struggled through and are still reconciling in our post-9/11 eraThank you, Deepa Iyer for your courageand for this book.”
Hyphen Magazine

[A] riveting book A welcome addition to the growing literature of race, ethnicity, and religion from the perspectives of immigrant groups within the United States. Both the general public and policymakers will benefit.”
Library Journal

While this book could simply be a catalogue of injustices, Iyer’s study reaches into the complexities of the many cultures that make up South Asia.”
Publishers Weekly

About The Author

A leading racial justice activist, Deepa Iyer served for a decade as the executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), focusing on community building in post-9/11 America. She teaches in the Asian American studies program at the University of Maryland and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. Michel Martin can be heard across NPR news programs, bringing her deep reporting and interviewing experience to NPR's coverage of education, families, faith, race and social issues. Outside the studio, she is hosting NPR Presents Michel Martin, an ambitious live event series. Martin lives in Washington, D.C.