I Am the Other: Countering Stereotypes, Religious Illiteracy, and Hate Crimes

In the wake of recent hate crimes against the Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh communities, we’ve witnessed an increase in ignorance and stereotypes that have lead to violent attacks and dangerous misrepresentations that cause great harm to minority communities. Just in the past few months, a Sikh man in Kent, Washington was attacked, while there have been a string of anti-Semitic incidents and bomb threats to Jewish centers across the country.

Moreover, the tragic hate crime shooting at a bar in Olathe, Kansas left one Indian Hindu immigrant dead and another injured. Further exacerbating the situation, CNN aired the show Believer on March 5th, the first episode of a series on religion that presented Hinduism in a decontextualized and exoticized manner. Such blatant misrepresentations in the media only adds to the existing religious misunderstandings and stereotypes surrounding Hinduism and other religions.

Join the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC) and the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) on Sunday, April 30, 2017 for a diverse interfaith panel discussion to address the important issues that are currently facing minority religious communities in the U.S.

Come learn more on how you can help counter stereotypes, xenophobia, and hate crimes.

  • Moderator: Mihir Meghani M.D., Board Member, SIVIC and Hindu American Foundation
  • Hindu Speaker: Padmavathy Mana, HAF Associate Director, West Coast
  • Jewish Speaker: Diane Fisher, Board Member, SiVIC and Jewish Community Relations Council Chair
  • Muslim Speaker: Sabuhi Siddique, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Vice Chair of Human Relations Commission in Santa Clara County; 2018 San Jose City Council Candidate
  • Sikh Speaker: pending