Thursday, January 26, 2006

Why Are Immigrants so Hated?

The recent brutal beating of a 13-year old Liberian boy in Philadelphia sent chills through the immigrant community. The boy was "punched in the mouth and then stomped on by a group of youths until his jaw was broken and he had bleeding on the brain". See: http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/local/crime_courts/13688872.htm

This is not an isolated event, especially since 9-11. Many immigrant attacks have been on immigrants mainly from Muslim populations. Can we just brush this off as a consequence of fears arising from the 9-11 attacks, or is there something deeper, more foreboding about these attacks?

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