Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has been receiving abusive and hate messages over the phone from a male caller, she said on Friday posting a collection of messages on Twitter. One of the messages even asked Chennai-born Pramila Jayapal to go back to India. In all the messages, the male caller can be heard threatening Pramila Jayapal with dire consequences.
Pramila Jayapal, 55, is the first-ever Indian-American Congresswoman representing Seattle in the US House of Representatives.
“Typically, political figures don’t show their vulnerability. I chose to do so here because we cannot accept violence as our new norm. We also cannot accept the racism and sexism that underlies and propels so much of this violence,” Pramila Jayapal said in a tweet.
Typically, political figures don't show their vulnerability. I chose to do so here because we cannot accept violence as our new norm.
We also cannot accept the racism and sexism that underlies and propels so much of this violence. pic.twitter.com/DAuwwtWt7B
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) September 8, 2022
Early this summer, a man with a pistol appeared outside her Seattle house. If you are a person of color in the US, you are unfortunately a target for someone to yell, abuse, or worse, point guns at. This is the flabbergasting reality of residing in one of the most developed countries in the world. The latest racist attack on Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is proof that whether you’re a commoner or a political representative, your race will always be the dominating factor in America.
Just two days back, 82-year-old Onkar Singh, was brutally assaulted and attacked while he was taking a walk after dinner at 9:30 PM by 112th Street and Liberty Ave.
We also can’t forget the shocking racist attack on four Indian-American women, recently in Texas. They were racially abused and smacked by a woman, who hurled racist slurs at them that they are “ruining” America and should “go back to India”.
The toxic hate that has been spreading across America is dangerous. If not brought under control, the perpetrators will gain more confidence. This can have disastrous effects on our community as a whole.
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